Most Americans know that exercising is good for their health, but it turns out a lot are too afraid to start because they are worried about what it will do to their bodies, specifically they fear getting hurt while working out. A new survey finds:
- 46% of Americans say they are nervous about working out because they are afraid of getting injured.
- 60% say anxiety about injuries keeps them from trying new routines.
- 54% are worried about being embarrassed due to incorrect form or technique.
- 44% have actually stopped working out of fear of injuring themselves.
And it’s not completely out there to worry about injuries, with 42% of those who are physically active saying they’ve sustained injuries while working out. The most common injuries include:
- Muscle cramps (21%)
- Muscle spasms (17%)
- Sprained ankle (14%)
- Torn muscle (11%)
- Tendinitis (10%)
- Sprained wrist (10%)
- Shin splints (9%)
But fear of injury isn’t the only thing keeping folks from exercising. The most common things that keep people from being physically active include:
- Don’t have the time to exercise frequently (26%)
- Don’t know what exercises are best for them and their lifestyle (22%)
- Feel overwhelmed by the amount of exercise routines they can do (20%)