The surprising number of Americans who find it harder to commit to a fitness routine than a partner

The Surprising Number Of Americans Who Find It Harder To Commit To A Fitness Routine Than A Partner


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One in five Americans find it harder to commit to a fitness routine than a partner.

That’s according to a survey of 2,000 Americans who work out at least once a week.

Results revealed that over the last 10 years, Americans tried about five different workout regimens and had four different, serious partners.

In fact, more than two-thirds (68%) are likely to stick with a workout routine that doesn’t necessarily work for them simply because it’s comfortable.

Similarly, more than half (53%) of respondents are likely to stay with the wrong partner for the same reason.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Freeletics, the survey dug into the idea of what makes a “perfect match.”

The results revealed that it’s most closely defined as something or someone that helps them reach their goals (66%).

Others say it’s something or someone that gives them warm, fuzzy feelings (61%) or someone or something that pushes them to be the best version of themselves (47%).

The average American has already found four perfect matches and those include their best friend (46%), therapist or psychiatrist (41%), partner (41%), doctor (40%) and even a gym (32%).

While 45% have already found their perfect workout, 24% are still searching for it.

The survey also uncovered the biggest deterrents when it comes to both relationships and workout routines.

When starting a new romantic relationship, top deal-breakers include the amount of money they’d have to spend on their partner (52%), where they live (52%) and how much time they’d need to dedicate to them (40%).

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Interestingly, those same three factors are the top deal-breakers when starting a new fitness routine. 

Beyond that, respondents also consider if they actually enjoy doing the routine (27%).

When combining those two aspects of life, a little more than one-third (35%) believe that working out with a partner would help them achieve their fitness goals.

“The data shows that balancing fitness and romantic relationships often involves navigating the same waters – time investment, cost considerations, and finding joy in the process,” said Confidence F. Udegbue, Member of the executive team and Director of Product and UX at Freeletics.

“This common ground highlights how intertwined our personal well-being and relationships can be, influencing our decisions in health and love. In the new year, we’ll be looking to further emphasize the parallel between fitness and dating, and a perfect match for each.”

Though 20% of respondents struggle more with the initial commitment to a fitness routine, a similar number (22%) find it more difficult to let it go when it’s time to change their routine. 

When it comes time to leave a workout regimen in the past, respondents experience a multitude of emotions including relief (42%), sadness (41%), anxiety (38%) and even happiness (29%).

This may be why Americans have faced barriers such as time constraints (51%), lack of customizable options (45%) and high costs (44%) when it comes to finding the “perfect” workout.

Beyond that, 44% admit they simply have a fear of commitment. 

But at the end of the day, 78% of respondents would commit to a workout routine for longer if they knew they’d get the results they’re looking for.

“Not every match is a ‘perfect match,’ and the search can be challenging.”

said Daniel Sobhani, CEO of Freeletics. “It’s important to find ways to simplify the fitness journey, such as personalized, adaptive workout plans built by human augmented AI technology.

Finding an approach that meets you where you are and that evolves with your needs makes it easier to build and maintain a fitness habit that fits your life for life.”

Source: nypost

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