People urged not to take muscle function for granted

Friday 24th November 2017
Survey results revealing Brits poor fitness levels have been released to coincide with the launch of a new Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy awareness campaign. Image: Halfpoint via iStock
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People in the UK are being urged not to take their muscle function for granted as part of a new campaign to raise awareness of the muscle-wasting condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

To coincide with the campaign's launch, the charity Harrison's Fund commissioned research that looked at Brits' exercise habits and found too many people are taking their physical abilities for granted and failing to take part in regular physical activity.

The survey found that the average number of steps people in the UK do each day is just 1,000, despite 10,000 being the recommended amount.

What's more, almost two-thirds (65 per cent) of respondents admitted that they took their health for granted, while 19 per cent said they had picked up some lazy habits, such as asking their partner or work colleagues to fetch items for them when they could easily have gotten them for themselves.

Overall, the research found that people are sedentary for an average of six-and-a-half hours each day, which could be putting them at risk of losing their fitness levels and muscle function over time - something physiotherapists need to be warning their patients about.

The poll also looked at the most common reasons people give for skipping the gym, with 'I'm too tired' coming out on top, followed by it being too cold to leave the house, feeling too unfit to join in, wanting to stay in to watch TV, being hungry and even not wanting to go alone when their 'gym buddy' can't make it. Not having enough phone battery so therefore being unable to listen to music was also a much-used excuse.

The people behind the survey are warning that muscle ability shouldn't be taken for granted, as those who suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy are unable to exercise and would in many cases give anything in order to be able to do so.

Founder of Harrison's Fund Alex Smith commented: "What we're saying with this campaign is, simply, don't take your muscles for granted. If you're going to skip the gym this week, then why not get a better excuse.

"As is clear from these statistics, we can all struggle to get motivated, so why not make a good excuse this week and help turn a little bit of laziness into hope for someone else?"

Written by Mathew Horton

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