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Research: Getting fit together

A new study by Decathlon looks at the most popular types of physical activity by region and time of year, revealing some interesting insights into the health and fitness industry

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 3
Going to the gym was the second most popular activity choice for couples / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MARIDAV
Going to the gym was the second most popular activity choice for couples / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MARIDAV

Two thirds (66 per cent) of British couples who exercise together say working out with their other half has improved their relationship, while 21 per cent said working out as a couple made them feel more attracted to their partner, according to a new national study from global sports retailer, Decathlon.

When asked which activities are most popular among those who train together, swimming (37 per cent), visiting the gym (29 per cent) and running (24 per cent) came on top across the UK as most popular ways to keep fit.

The figures come from a survey of more than 7,600 UK adults.

Other findings from the Decathlon Activity Index include that 22 per cent of couples who are physically active together said they exercise as a couple to stay in better shape, while a similar number (21 per cent) said it reduces their stress levels.

“It’s interesting to learn that such a high proportion of Brits are exercising with their partners,” commented Joshua Gutteridge, sports manager at Decathlon.

“It’s clearly not just the physical benefits that exercising as a couple is having, with a large number saying that working out together is having a positive impact on their relationship – meaning this could be the secret to a happy and healthy life.

“So, if you’re struggling to find enough opportunities to spend quality time together, exercise is still a great way to enjoy being with your partner, while also feeling great about yourself in the process.”

The Decathlon Activity Index tracks rates of participation in sport and other physical activities across the year through a national survey repeated every month.

Joshua Gutteridge
"It’s not just the physical benefits of exercise. A large number of people report that working out together has had a positive impact on their relationship"

To access the full Decathlon Activity Index, go to HCMmag.com/decathlon

21 per cent of those exercising as a couple said being active together made them feel more attracted to their partner / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/DRAGAN GRKIC
21 per cent of those exercising as a couple said being active together made them feel more attracted to their partner / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/DRAGAN GRKIC
London was found to be the 
yoga / pilates capital of the uk, with 19% of residents choosing it as their preferred activity* / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MERLA
London was found to be the yoga / pilates capital of the uk, with 19% of residents choosing it as their preferred activity* / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MERLA
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A study by Decathlon has found that couples who train together stay together
Joshua Gutteridge,Decathlon Activity Index,
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features

Research: Getting fit together

A new study by Decathlon looks at the most popular types of physical activity by region and time of year, revealing some interesting insights into the health and fitness industry

Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 3
Going to the gym was the second most popular activity choice for couples / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MARIDAV
Going to the gym was the second most popular activity choice for couples / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MARIDAV

Two thirds (66 per cent) of British couples who exercise together say working out with their other half has improved their relationship, while 21 per cent said working out as a couple made them feel more attracted to their partner, according to a new national study from global sports retailer, Decathlon.

When asked which activities are most popular among those who train together, swimming (37 per cent), visiting the gym (29 per cent) and running (24 per cent) came on top across the UK as most popular ways to keep fit.

The figures come from a survey of more than 7,600 UK adults.

Other findings from the Decathlon Activity Index include that 22 per cent of couples who are physically active together said they exercise as a couple to stay in better shape, while a similar number (21 per cent) said it reduces their stress levels.

“It’s interesting to learn that such a high proportion of Brits are exercising with their partners,” commented Joshua Gutteridge, sports manager at Decathlon.

“It’s clearly not just the physical benefits that exercising as a couple is having, with a large number saying that working out together is having a positive impact on their relationship – meaning this could be the secret to a happy and healthy life.

“So, if you’re struggling to find enough opportunities to spend quality time together, exercise is still a great way to enjoy being with your partner, while also feeling great about yourself in the process.”

The Decathlon Activity Index tracks rates of participation in sport and other physical activities across the year through a national survey repeated every month.

Joshua Gutteridge
"It’s not just the physical benefits of exercise. A large number of people report that working out together has had a positive impact on their relationship"

To access the full Decathlon Activity Index, go to HCMmag.com/decathlon

21 per cent of those exercising as a couple said being active together made them feel more attracted to their partner / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/DRAGAN GRKIC
21 per cent of those exercising as a couple said being active together made them feel more attracted to their partner / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/DRAGAN GRKIC
London was found to be the 
yoga / pilates capital of the uk, with 19% of residents choosing it as their preferred activity* / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MERLA
London was found to be the yoga / pilates capital of the uk, with 19% of residents choosing it as their preferred activity* / PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK/MERLA
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/2020/369229_451422.jpg
A study by Decathlon has found that couples who train together stay together
Joshua Gutteridge,Decathlon Activity Index,
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Diary dates
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