While a majority of Americans place a high value on being physically fit, most don’t feel as if they are in good shape, according to a recent survey on fitness and health.

Reportlinker Insight set out to find out if Americans consider themselves healthy and in shape; what motivates them to work out; and if they monitor their fitness.

Key findings:

  • 77% say being in good shape and looking good is very important to them
  • But 42% consider themselves to be overweight
  • And only 37% of respondents believe they are in good shape
  • Also, 56% of respondents are concerned they are not strong or muscular enough
  • And 75% admit to comparing how they look to others

Where/how do we work out?

Joining a fitness center is the most popular way to exercise, mentioned 40% of the time, followed by basketball and swimming (35% each), jogging (34%) and yoga (21%).

How often?

  • 39% of people work out between three and five hours per week
  • The lack of motivation stands as one of the biggest obstacles to working out regularly as only 31% say exercising is a habit

Setting goals for more motivation & performance

  • 30% of respondents are more likely to work out if they set themselves a personal record.
  • 48% of joggers say they use a smartphone to track miles while 46% of swimmers use one to monitor performance at the pool.

To see all the survey results click here.