These are the types of exercise people avoid doing in public

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 is putting people’s workout routines in a spin, with eight in 10 Americans admitting they’ve had more reasons for not working out since the start of the pandemic, according to new research.

A new study of 2,000 adults found that for 61%, pandemic-related restrictions at local gyms such as mask requirements made working out less comfortable, while 53% reported gym closings and the same amount said they’ve gotten used to a more sedentary lifestyle.

Overall, 67% tend to put off exercise, with millennials the most likely to do so (73%).

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Les Mills ahead of National Fitness Day, results also looked into the reasons that 48% have felt deterred from reaching their fitness goals.

Some people cited concerns of being stuck with a membership if they don’t like a gym (42%), being too embarrassed to ask the staff for assistance (36%) and comparing themselves to fitness influencers or bloggers (36%).

Health issues were found to prevent 51% from doing most exercises, while 47% don’t have anyone to look after their kids while they’re at the gym and the same amount don’t know where to begin.

For Gen Z respondents, lack of time was the top reason for putting off exercise (64%). Meanwhile, millennials noted health issues (53%) and Gen X are unsure where to start (47%).

“The pandemic has impacted the workout habits of many, affecting not only where they exercise but also how often,” said Sean Turner, CEO of Les Mills US. “On average, respondents shared they spend 49% of the time exercising in the gym and 23% of the time outside of the gym.”

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