Team Of Sport Science Academics Surveyed 300 Kent Residents And Discovered Wii Fit Is The Most Popular Form Of Home Exercise, England
Dr Perkins and Dr Swaine discovered that Wii-Fit was the most popular form of home exercise over home-gym equipment and exercise DVDs, although most people who use Wii-Fit only use it once a week.
They also found that people tended to do more physical activity outside of the home, suggesting that people may not be taking advantage of their immediate environment for keeping active.
Forty four per cent of those surveyed said they were aware of guidelines for physical activity for health, however, there were various ideas as to what the guidelines were.
The majority of people said they that if they wanted advice about physical activity or weight loss and they would prefer to obtain the information from a health specialist or the internet rather than magazines or television.
Dr Perkins said: "It is surprising how many people in Kent use their homes to keep themselves physically active. Wii Fit is a particular favourite, with many people regularly using home-gym equipment and exercise DVDs. But it's not all about exercise equipment - Kent people are keen on getting active in the garden too."
Dr Perkins continued: "The people of Kent are even more active outside of their home environment. Popular activities include brisk walking and cycling, with many making regular trips to the gym. The people we spoke to were well-informed as to physical activity guidelines, with the internet being a popular choice for seeking out information. However, there is still a significant minority of people in Kent who do not do any kind of physical activity and, of those who were active, most were not active enough to combat a gradual increase in body weight over time."
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