Australians are falling for short term fitness flings, with 4.5 million Aussies admitting to “ghosting” their exercise routines, new research shows.
The research, commissioned by global fitness lifestyle brand Peloton, found nearly three in five (56%) Australians who had had a ‘fitness relationship’* in the last 12 months gave up on their memberships or regimes within the same year.
And have you fallen for a New Year fitness fling? Many Aussies use this time of year to re-evaluate their relationship with fitness and surprisingly over the past five years, more than half of those (54%) who started the New Year by committing to a new fitness or exercise regime, gave up within three months or less of starting.
Friday January 12 - dubbed “Quitter’s Day” - is globally recognised as the most common day when people give up on New Year’s resolutions.
The research showed that for many, variety is the spice of life and that more than a third (35%) of the population had at least one fitness partner in 2023, such as a workout plan, personal training, a gym or sporting club membership, fitness app subscription or at-home gym equipment.
Among these active daters, more than a quarter (28%) had two to three fitness partners, and one in seven (15%) had four or more on-the-go, at any one time. However, these relationships don’t always go the distance, with one in four (26%) who had at least one ‘fitness partner’ in 2023, admitted their average ‘fitness relationship’ lasted less than a month.
To explore why Australians struggle to commit to a long-term relationship with wellness and fitness, Peloton teamed up with renowned psychologist, Jacqui Manning, to shed light on the common pitfalls of setting resolutions, and how to create small but meaningful habits to support ongoing fitness and wellness goals.
Ms Manning said despite Australians passion for sport and healthy lifestyle, many faced challenges in upholding these values due to lack of time, motivation, injury, or scheduling conflicts.
"To overcome these hurdles and fulfill personal commitments, it's important to set realistic goals and identify daily habits that contribute to these milestones, and reinforce positive progress through repetition and rewards," she said.
“While individuals often feel the need to manage everything independently, utilising technology and fitness platforms like Peloton can help reduce many of the mental and physical barriers to exercise, by offering greater choice and convenience through goal-oriented programs that provide real-time progress tracking, and a welcome boost of dopamine.”
Scheduling workouts each week and adding these to the diary.
Find a workout partner or join a supportive community to remain inspired and accountable.
Don’t be afraid to mix up your training; start by doing exercises which feel good, then once you get your mojo back, add goal specific workouts to help maintain progress.