Fit Brits are taking their exercise regimes and diets so seriously that they are going head to head with friends and family on nutrition and fitness levels, according to new research.
A survey of 1,007 UK adults, carried out by personal training course provider beabetteryoucourses.co.uk, found that 1 in 3 gym goers compete with their friends about how much they work out and what they eat.
And 1 in 10 green-eyed Brits admit that they even feel jealous of them, and the results they see.
This trend isn’t limited to members of the public, either – according to the Daily Mail, celebrities have confessed to feeling this way too, with Vicky Pattison having admitted to being ‘petrified’ that former Geordie Shore co-stars Holly Hagan and Charlotte Crosby would get thinner than her.
The research shows that, as long as people don’t compare themselves to others, paying attention to pals’ nutrition and fitness can actually be healthy – as 1 in 5 (19%) report seeing friends lose weight and get fit makes them feel inspired to want to do the same.
However, the data sadly found that 22% have taken what can be a healthy rivalry too far, and have fallen out with a friend after a disagreement about fitness or diet.
Some are even getting into competition with people they don’t actually know – more than half (53%) say they compare themselves to others on social media.
Simon Bubb, managing director at Be a Better You, said: “The number of people who take their diet and fitness regime so seriously that they feel in competition with their own friends and family is a little alarming.
“A small amount of competition is healthy, as this will encourage us to try harder and be the best that we can be – and research shows that people around us can have a big impact on how healthy we see ourselves – but it’s alarming to see how many British adults admit they are jealous or even worse, have fallen out with a friend over it.
“The fact that we live in the social media age does mean that we are constantly being fed images of often unrealistic health and fitness goals. And apps like FitBit and Strava, which gamify friends’ exercise efforts, can be taken the wrong way by those who are competitively minded.
“Gym goers need to bear in mind that everyone’s bodies are different, and therefore everyone’s results will be different, and as such, avoid comparing themselves with others as much as possible.”
The research found that women aged 21-25 are the most competitive gym goers – 35% claim to be in competition with their friends, while 14% said they have been jealous of a friend when they’ve lost weight or got fit.
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