Americans are largely satisfied with their weight, according to a Maritz Poll. The poll found 68 percent — 77 percent of men and 59 percent of women — like what they see when they step on the scale, with more young people (79 percent) expressing satisfaction than those over the age of 55 (64 percent).
Some 40 percent of the 1,004 people queried nationwide said they went on a diet last year and 77 percent claimed success, largely eschewing all the fad and quick-fix methods in favor of the tried and true eating right and regular exercise.
In fact the poll found 58 percent of men and 51 percent of women said they get regular exercise. Sixty percent of those who said they exercise regularly – four workouts per week – make more than $45,000 a year.
Those who say they don’t exercise regularly blame lack of time (60 percent). Thirteen percent admitted they’re too lazy to exercise and 6 percent said they just don’t care.
Of those who exercise regularly, 63 percent said they do so to feel good, gain energy or stay healthy while 13 percent said they do it as part of a weight loss or maintenance program. Nine percent said they do so to lose weight, with women more likely to take that attitude than men (14 percent vs. 4 percent).
Walking was the most popular form of exercise (41 percent), followed by weight training (29 percent), cardio machines (28 percent), running (20 percent) and sports (15 percent).
Eighteen percent of respondents said they worked out with a personal trainer.
About 25 percent of the regular exercisers belong to a gym or fitness center. But nearly half have been members for two years or less.
Half of all Americans have their own exercise equipment but only 55 percent of them said they actually use it.
Seniors are most likely to own a treadmill (43 percent), hoping to take a stroll or run indoors. Home gyms were popular with the 35- to 40-year-olds while abdominal devices were the equipment of choice for 25- to 34-year-olds.
The poll had an error rate of 3.1 percent.