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UK professionals struggle to find time for fitness

30 January 2018

UK professionals struggle to find time for fitnessBritish workers are finding it hard to balance work and wellbeing and are looking to their employers for more support.

Despite widespread awareness of the benefits of regular exercise, 24% of UK professionals admit that they don't exercise at all and a further third (32%) say that they only exercise once or twice a week.

The survey of 1,200 workers by job site CV-Library has found that 60% of professionals try to exercise during the working week, with 26% preferring to do so before work.

Of those that make time before work for fitness, 91% say it makes them feel more productive. Of those that prefer to work out at the end of the day, 88% say that it helps them to unwind.

Other key findings include:

  • 81% agree that regular exercise helps them to stay focused at work;
  • Despite their good intentions, 39% admit they struggle to fit in exercise before they start work;
  • 67% say they sometimes have to skip their workout because they've had to stay late at the office;
  • 67% of professionals wish they could exercise more throughout the working week.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: "We can be told about the benefits of regular exercise until we're blue in the face, but it's clear that fitting this in around work is a daily struggle for many. But the truth is, exercise is extremely important to both physical and mental health and if you're struggling to get motivated it's important you find a routine that works for you."

The poll also found that the majority of UK professionals (79%) believe that businesses need to do more to help facilitate exercise during the working week. When asked how they could do this, 50% suggested that they offer free or discounted gym memberships as a workplace perk and 22% said they should allow more flexible working to fit around an individual's exercise regime.

"It's clear that professionals are looking to their employers for support when it comes to making their work and lifestyle fit around one another," said Biggins. "Though it might not always be possible to have flexible hours or free gym memberships, if you're really struggling with your health as a result of work, it's important to talk to your boss and see if you can come to an arrangement that works for the both of you."

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