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Why nearly 20% of Americans admit that they have lied about working out

Why nearly 20% of Americans admit that they have lied about working out

Have you ever lied about making it to the gym?

Well, you're not alone since one in five (19 percent) have lied about working out.  When it comes to the motives for pretending to go to the gym, 37 percent admitted to trying to convince someone they were busy, 35 percent were hoping to impress, while 31 percent were actually embarrassed by what they were actually doing.  Just because you made through the gym doors, there's still opportunity to bail out early.  A new study of 2,000 exercising Americans examined the successes (and failures) of working out and found that more than a third (37 percent) admitted they're more likely to wrap a workout early because they forgot something.  Three in ten have skipped the entire workout because they didn't have an "essential" item.  The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Gatorade broke down what respondents just had to have to make it all the way through a sweat-session.  Sneakers topped the list with four in five (83 percent), closely followed by workout bottoms (70 percent), socks (69 percent), hydration (67 percent) and workout top (64 percent).  Over half (56 percent) admitted their headphones qualified as required workout gear and just under a third couldn't get their heart rate up without a snack.  Half (50 percent) wouldn't make it through their entire exercise routine without their favorite tunes to keep their mind occupied.  When asked which songs pump respondents up while exercising they turn on, Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Katy Perry's "Roar," and Lizzo's "Truth Hurts."   Even more essential than a bumping track list, 93 percent need to hydrate when they workout for peak performance.  "Beyond decreased performance, dehydration can also cause you to feel weak, fatigued and light-headed, which may make you want to skip working out entirely," said James Carter, senior director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

"It's important to take in fluids and electrolytes to help replace what you're losing in sweat so you get the most out of your workout."  Sixty-two percent of respondents admitted that little tweaks to their routine can have a major impact ?

Over half (52 percent) saw a change in their workout performance if they ate or drank something different before or during exercise.  "Our core belief is that performance is driven from the inside, so proper hydration and fueling throughout the day are essential for a successful workout" said Carter.

"Since each individual has unique needs and preferences, we're focused on creating science-backed products, equipment and technology for all occasions to help active people achieve their performance goals."  Exercise is the most popular method to staying in good health (81 percent), while other top health hacks include staying hydrated (72 percent), walking more (65 percent), eating vegetables (62 percent), and taking vitamins (52 percent).  Respondents dug deep into the excuses they use on themselves when they're itching to ditch a workout.  The top justifications were: being too tired (58 percent), having other things to do (51 percent), straight up not wanting to go (30 percent), and too much time spent at work (21 percent).   In spite of the flimsy excuses people came up with to stay out of the gym, three in four (76 percent) said they feel "accomplished" when they finish a workout. 

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Why nearly 20% of Americans admit that they have lied about working out

Have you ever lied about making it to the gym?

Well, you're not alone since one in five (19 percent) have lied about working out.

When it comes to the motives for pretending to go to the gym, 37 percent admitted to trying to convince someone they were busy, 35 percent were hoping to impress, while 31 percent were actually embarrassed by what they were actually doing.

Just because you made through the gym doors, there's still opportunity to bail out early.

A new study of 2,000 exercising Americans examined the successes (and failures) of working out and found that more than a third (37 percent) admitted they're more likely to wrap a workout early because they forgot something.

Three in ten have skipped the entire workout because they didn't have an "essential" item.

The survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Gatorade broke down what respondents just had to have to make it all the way through a sweat-session.

Sneakers topped the list with four in five (83 percent), closely followed by workout bottoms (70 percent), socks (69 percent), hydration (67 percent) and workout top (64 percent).

Over half (56 percent) admitted their headphones qualified as required workout gear and just under a third couldn't get their heart rate up without a snack.

Half (50 percent) wouldn't make it through their entire exercise routine without their favorite tunes to keep their mind occupied.

When asked which songs pump respondents up while exercising they turn on, Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust," Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger," ABBA's "Dancing Queen," Katy Perry's "Roar," and Lizzo's "Truth Hurts."   Even more essential than a bumping track list, 93 percent need to hydrate when they workout for peak performance.

"Beyond decreased performance, dehydration can also cause you to feel weak, fatigued and light-headed, which may make you want to skip working out entirely," said James Carter, senior director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

"It's important to take in fluids and electrolytes to help replace what you're losing in sweat so you get the most out of your workout."  Sixty-two percent of respondents admitted that little tweaks to their routine can have a major impact ?

Over half (52 percent) saw a change in their workout performance if they ate or drank something different before or during exercise.

"Our core belief is that performance is driven from the inside, so proper hydration and fueling throughout the day are essential for a successful workout" said Carter.

"Since each individual has unique needs and preferences, we're focused on creating science-backed products, equipment and technology for all occasions to help active people achieve their performance goals."  Exercise is the most popular method to staying in good health (81 percent), while other top health hacks include staying hydrated (72 percent), walking more (65 percent), eating vegetables (62 percent), and taking vitamins (52 percent).

Respondents dug deep into the excuses they use on themselves when they're itching to ditch a workout.

The top justifications were: being too tired (58 percent), having other things to do (51 percent), straight up not wanting to go (30 percent), and too much time spent at work (21 percent).

In spite of the flimsy excuses people came up with to stay out of the gym, three in four (76 percent) said they feel "accomplished" when they finish a workout.




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