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Survey Results of FitSugar Readers on Fitness and Eating Habits

And the Survey Says . . .

To get you all primed and ready for our Get Fit For 2011 challenge, we asked you about your fitness and eating habits. The survey was part personal intake for you to assess your health habits, but your answers will also guide us how to best help you meet your New Year's goals. Well the results are in, with only a few surprises.

It comes as no shock that 84 percent of our respondents like to work out. And the majority of you manage to get your sweat on for three to four hours a week. Ten percent exercise for less than an hour a week, so hopefully the seven percent that work out for over eight hours a week will share their tips and tricks to keep us all motivated. Just over half of you primarily work out at your gym, with a quarter working out at home — we will keep our DVD reviews and printable workouts coming. Your collective reasons for working out vary and were ranked in this order of importance: to lose weight, to feel stronger, to relieve stress, for long-term benefits, and to eat more. When it comes to cardio, three quarters of you prefer getting your heart rate up over strength training. But as a reformed cardio junkie, I am here to preach that both are fitness necessities.

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The vast majority of the respondents read the labels on food packaging, but only half of you count calories. While over 50 percent of the respondents replied that they only dined out one night a week, only 22 percent replied that they cook at least six nights a week — something is not adding up. About 56 percent of you eat in front of the TV or computer, which doesn't bode well for the 75 percent of you trying to lose weight.

We can take these stats and use them to help you make 2011 your fittest year yet. Join our Get Fit For 2011 community group and get ready to lace up your sneakers. The first challenge will be posted next Monday! On your mark, get set . . .

Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 6 years
FitSugar, I can see how that would make sense...but I feel like if you already have your meal portioned out ahead of time, it wouldn't really matter where you're eating it. But I can see how if you were having a large bag of chips or something, being in front of a TV could cause you to eat more than you normally would. I actually seem to eat much less in front of the computer because of distractions, though =P
Fitness Fitness 6 years
Marshmelly411, Eating in front of the TV or the computer leads to less mindful eating. Studies have shown that people eating while watching TV or at the computer eat more since they are distracted and enjoy their food less.
Marshmelly411 Marshmelly411 6 years
"About 56 percent of you eat in front of the TV or computer, which doesn't bode well for the 75 percent of you trying to lose weight." What is wrong with eating in front of the TV or computer as opposed to sitting at a table eating the same exact thing? Its what you're eating, not where you happen to be eating it. For instance, I'm eating a very healthy meal right now, and typing on my computer. Maybe, in some cases, eating in front of the TV may cause you to consume more junk food, but I don't think that should be immediately assumed, and I think that most people will eat the same dinner or lunch regardless if they are in front of a screen or not.
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