Research finds taking exercise beats going to the pub by a mile

IF YOU thought most of the nation was overweight or obese, and that taking exercise was far less popular than going to the pub, think again.

Research conducted on 2,005 British adults for Breast Cancer Care found that almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of us indulge in weekly exercise, while just a third (34 per cent) visit the pub every week.

“Our results clearly show that we are a nation who prefers exercise, rather than going to the pub,” said Claire Pulford, of Breast Cancer Care.

More than half of those asked (52 per cent) confessed to exercising 10 hours a week, while 12 per cent said they are daily addicts. Gender and regional differences do apply, however. Men are more likely than women to take exercise (67 per cent) and go to the pub (44 per cent). Meanwhile, Scots are the least likely to visit the boozer (31 per cent) and 67 per cent of Londoners exercise more than the national average.

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