More than half of active exercisers wish to improve their overall well-being and mental health as their New Year's resolution, according to a recent survey issued by Life Time, Chanhassen, Minnesota.
The survey polled 1,300 Life Time club members of all ages across 35 cities as part of the company's Jan. 1 Commitment Day initiative, encouraging exercisers to stick to their heath-related goals throughout 2019.
Approximately 57 percent of respondents said their New Year's resolution is to improve their overall well-being and mental health. This compares to 46 percent who said they want to lose weight and eat healthier.
The majority of respondents said family time makes them most happy (63 percent), followed by exercise, particularly yoga (57 percent). Comparatively, intimacy (23 percent) and eating (22 percent) ranked lower in terms of their influence on one's happiness.
The survey reported that regular exercise makes people feel healthiest (76 percent), as well as eating healthy (48 percent) and having balanced professional-personal lives (26 percent).
Almost all respondents said people should exercise at least three times per week to be healthy (94 percent) with a significant number of respondents suggesting people should ideally exercise four or more times per week (56 percent). The survey noted that less than 23 percent of Americans actually meet recommended exercise standards, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On the topic of stress, half of respondents said that work is their biggest stressor (50 percent), followed by family (35 percent), finances (30 percent) and politics (22 percent). Respondents also said that cardio exercise (46 percent), group fitness (36 percent) and yoga (34 percent) are reliable stress-relievers.
Life Time has hosted Commitment Day since 2013, according to the media release. On Jan. 1, 2019, all 141 North American Life Time locations offered free exercise classes in addition to a five-kilometer run at select locations.