Six out of ten wannabe fitness fanatics admit they don’t do a proper workout at the gym, a study revealed today.
Despite spending an average of two hours a week at the gym, researchers found that one in three people spends less than five minutes actually working up a sweat.
The remainder of the time is spent chatting with friends and reading whilst on the treadmill.
A quarter even owned up to spending more time relaxing in the sauna or hot tub than they do on any of the exercise machines.
One in ten said they like to ‘chill-out’ around the pool and even watch music videos.
Bizarrely, one in 20 head to their local gym to watch football matches on a big screen TV.
It’s no wonder then that nearly two-thirds of gym members claim to not make the most of their subscription.
A spokesperson for Kettler, makers of home sports equipment who commissioned the research said: ”This research appears that not all gym users are making the most of their time at the gym.
”There seems little point in paying high membership fees if you are not making use of your time at the gym.
”Some gyms fees can cost up to £2,000 a year which is a huge amount of money to shell out, especially if you are reading whilst on the treadmill or cross-trainer.
”Whilst you need to warm down and chilling around the pool is great, it does seem a little pointless paying for the use of high-tech machines if you are not using them properly.”
The research also revealed one in ten fitness enthusiasts said they only joined the gym to meet the opposite sex.
And 10 per cent signed-up because it’s the trendy thing to do.
Furthermore one in 20 only attend the gym because it’s part of their benefits package at work.
More than half of the 2,000 gym goers polled said they don’t do extensive work-outs and 29 per cent said they never break a sweat.
In fact nine per cent said they would be embarrassed if they did start to sweat.
Women were the worst offenders saying that they were concerned that their make-up will smudge or that their hair will frizz if they perspire too much.
Forty per cent of people said women were definitely the sex more guilty of not using the gym for a proper work-out.
More than one in ten said they are too self-conscious to do a proper workout and wouldn’t want people looking at them.
But 39 per cent said they weren’t sure about how to use some equipment so didn’t want to look stupid.
A spokesman for Kettler added: ”It’s understandable that people feel self-conscious at the gym, especially if you have joined up to lose a large amount of weight.
”It can be intimidating standing next to really toned bodies or hardcore fitness fans, especially if you are unsure of how to operate equipment.
”You don’t necessarily have to join the swankiest gym in town to get fit, plenty of exercise can be done in the comfort of your own home without prying eyes.”
The study also found that 29 per cent of people head to the gym just to get out of the house.
But a crafty 13 per cent claim to go off the gym, but in actual fact go somewhere else entirely.