The absolute majority or 98.9% of interviewed Latvian residents either wish or already lead a healthy lifestyle. 50% of Latvian residents try to lead a healthy lifestyle, according to results of a survey by 4F sports clothes brand.
When asked about the most important points of a healthy lifestyle, 42% of respondents mentioned healthy diet and avoidance of unhealthy habits. Only 15% mentioned going to the gym.
The survey showed that 26.1% of respondents practice a healthy lifestyle, 3.4% would like to do that and 10.5% do not, but wish they did.
«Latvia’s residents are very athletic, and more and more people become interested in leading a healthy lifestyle every day. Only an insignificant portion of respondents (1.1%) mentioned they do not practice a healthy lifestyle and do not plan to start. 59% of respondents do devote time for sports from time to time. I’ve noticed this during my training – every day more and more people come to perform physical activities,» – says experienced fitness trainer and 4F spokesperson Kristaps Ence.
When asked where should people who hoping to lead a healthy lifestyle should start, 21% of respondents mentioned a healthy diet. Another 21% mentioned dropping any unhealthy habits. Going to the gym and buying good sports clothes was mentioned by 15% of respondents. Another 14% of respondents mentioned asking a professional trainer or studying the topic in detail.
«It is unusual that respondents see the gym as important as comfortable and pretty sportswear,» – comments Ence. «Yes, pretty clothes motivate people to train often. […] Modern sportswear is a great way to express oneself. Latvian patriots can wear clothes worn by our Olympic team and thereby join in the great event that is the Olympic Games. Clothes currently available in stores were produced from ultra-modern materials – fabric that is both waterproof and provides excellent ventilation of air. Sports T-shits are produced from hypo-allergic fabric that helps maintain the skin’s natural bacterial balance to help protect from unpleasant smell. What is especially important is that the design of the fabric used to produce sportswear also helps muscles during training,» – says the trainer.
At the same time, the 4F spokesperson, who is also a professional trainer, believes Latvian residents’ opinion is not all that correct: having a healthy diet and avoiding unhealthy habits is important. However, regular physical activities are just as important. «It can help avoid many diseases, including infarction, varicose vein expansion, obesity and problems related to it. Finally, regular physical activity helps reduce stress. It is impossible to lead a healthy lifestyle without sports. I would put physical activity on the first place and healthy diet – on the second place. If you do sports and practice healthy dieting – results will make you so happy that you will not be able to quit. If you pay attention to only a single aspect of a healthy lifestyle, you may not see any results: physical activity without a proper diet will not help build up muscle mass. A healthy diet on its own, without regular physical activity, will not improve your looks,» – the trainer concludes.