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Friday 13 December 2019

Exercise has feel-good factor

The motivation for the majority of people who exercise is good health.
The motivation for the majority of people who exercise is good health.

Good health is the main motivation of people who regularly power walk or run, according to a new survey.

Some 16pc hope to lose weight and 13pc say they are turning to exercise to feel good. The findings are part of the lead-up to the Vhi women's mini-marathon which takes place June 6.

The survey showed mental health and stress relief is a big spur for people, with 8pc saying they have taken up power walking or running to "clear their head."

Another 6pc says it helps to manage stress.

Some 7pc of women said that they don't go jogging or running as they don't like how they look when they run, versus 2pc of men.

Most people do not follow a specific training programme when it comes to this form of exercise but for those who do, almost half link into a fitness app or website.

Although people like power walking or running alone, 59pc choose company through a music device or radio.

Seven in 10 listen to music they have downloaded, 32pc tune in to the radio and 10pc have specifically created exercise playlists. One in three are planning to participate in an organised running event in 2016.

Over 40,000 participants are expected to walk, jog or run the mini-marathon 10K route through Dublin city.

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