Research commissioned by bag and computer accessory manufacturer Targus South Africa announced reveals that two thirds (65%) of South Africans find it hard to fit in exercise around their working lives.
The survey, conducted by OnePoll and carried out in seven countries across the Europe (EMEA) region, uncovered the key factors restricting people from living more active lifestyles, with respondents citing a lack of time, poor work-life balance, and stress as the main reasons.
According to the survey, only 30 percent of South Africans say they exercise two to three times a week, with over half saying they do not exercise more as they don’t have the time. The bulk of people (46%) say they are more likely to exercise in the evening after work, while 26 percent are more likely to exercise in the morning before work. The remainder prefer to either exercise on days they don’t work, or during their mid-day work break.
Around 30 percent of the South African workers feel they have a poor work-life balance, the survey reveals, while 70 percent say their work-life balance is valued by the organisation they work for.
European fitness trends
In comparison, the survey found that around one in four (18%) of Europeans exercise less than once a week, with a fifth (20%) putting this down to a poor work-life balance. Respondents from The Netherlands topped the charts as the most active European country, with 45 percent of people exercising four times a week or more. The Dutch also appeared to have a more positive work-life balance, with 70 percent claiming they do not struggle to find time to exercise, including one in three people keeping active by cycling to work.
No gym gender gap
When it comes to the exercise frequency, there appeared to be not much of a gender gap in the gym, with two thirds of men (67%) and women (64%) carrying out some form of activity at least twice a week.
There was, on the other hand, a contrast between the genders when it came to accessorising for the gym, with men (74%) more likely to exercise if they can fit their work and gym stuff into just one bag, compared to 59 percent of women who said the same thing.
Young people between the ages of 18-24 felt the same as men, with seven in ten agreeing about the importance of using just one bag, compared to just a third (37%) of over 55s.
Targus offers a Work + Play backpack range specially designed to meet the needs of busy and active professionals, enabling a more connected lifestyle and helping them achieve a positive work-life balance. The Work + Play range consists of three backpack styles: Work +Play Fitness, Work + Play Cycling and Work + Play Racquets.