Nearly half of Americans dread post-workout soreness

If scaling a flight of stairs in either direction sounds exhausting, you're not alone — two in five Americans feel out of shape after doing so, new research suggests. A recent survey of 2,000 Americans found strength/weight-training (38%), doing yard work (38%) and cardio exercise (37%) also leave respondents feeling sore. That may be why nearly three in five said they're often reluctant to exercise. Half of these respondents feel like exercising would be a lot of work, and 47% dread post-workout soreness or aches/pains. In addition, some cited health-related barriers to working out, such as a chronic illness or disability, and noted that these factors can make exercise particularly painful. Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Massage Envy, the study also found that self-identified "inactive" respondents can last just six days before they need to stretch or work out. Nearly three in five revealed that forgoing stretches before a workout always results in waking up sore the next day.

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