NEW YORK — People don’t want to hear about the importance of being physically active or getting exercise, according to a new study.
The results are in a new national survey that found nearly half of Americans said they were either not interested or did not care about the role physical activity played in their health.
This is a problem that has been with us for a long time, said researcher Sara H. Brown, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
People have different perceptions about what they are doing, Brown said.
For example, people are less likely to consider exercise a health-related activity than when it is not, she said.
And they may think exercise is just about going to the gym or going for a run, which is not the case.
“If you look at physical activity as a whole, you may think you have a health benefit because you are doing it for your health,” Brown said in a phone interview.
But, “if you think about it as the activity of a lifetime, that does not apply.”
HuffPost Live host Amanda Cahn talks to research expert Sara H Brown about the new survey.
The study looked at 1,004 adults who had completed the National Health Interview Survey.
The poll was conducted by Harris Interactive, a market research company.
The survey found that about two-thirds of Americans did not think that physical activity was an important part of their overall health.
About 70 percent of people who did not exercise said they didn’t think physical activity could be considered an important factor in their overall well-being.
And about half of the people who didn’t do physical activity said they thought exercise was not a good health factor.
About half of people thought exercise played a role in people’s overall well being.
Brown said she found the results were surprising.
Her research showed that people were less interested in talking about physical activity, she added.
People are just not paying attention.
The most interesting part is that they are not really paying attention, she explained.
People who don’t exercise tend to be less fit, less healthy and less active than people who exercise, Brown noted.