33% of Latvian residents are dissatisfied with their physical appearance. 5.7% of them are completely dissatisfied. When asked why they wouldn’t take up sports, 40% mentioned having no time, 17% said they have yet to find an appropriate type of sport they like and 19% said they suffer from lack of energy, according to results of a survey by 4F sports clothes brand.
9.6% of respondents said they experience nausea, muscle and bone pains when working out. These sensations are so unpleasant that they stop working out.
«Such sensations can appear at the beginning of workout sessions if the person does not perform warm up exercises. Of course, it is necessary to consult with a professions as to which exercises are best to start with,» – says fitness trainer Kristaps Ence.
The survey reflects that residents who don’t like sports say they see no point in working out. Results also show that residents find it the most difficult to pick the right diet – 21% of respondents mentioned this.
«It is understandable that many people become confused when starting to eat healthily. Healthy diet is a wide and abstract term,» – says diet specialist Ksenija Andrijanova.
Andrijanova recommends: «Instead of focusing on the food you should eat, direct more attention towards products you should avoid. It should be self-explanatory – all kinds of fast food items, sweets, white flour, fatty food products, lemonades. It is not easy to refuse them, but the body will appreciate it.»
She explains that diet should be based on plant products – vegetables and fruits. Latvian residents do not eat enough of them. It is also a good idea to consume high-quality proteins – lean meat, fish, eggs and dairy products with low fat content, as well as legumes, the specialist recommends.
Andrijanova notes that desired thermal treatment is boiling and baking. «Of course, the perfect diet should be determined for each person individually. Diet specialists can help find the best approach for each person,» – the specialist notes.
51.5% of residents who do not maintain a healthy lifestyle have difficulty with planning physical exercises and understanding of what a healthy diet is.
«That is unfortunate news. It means people who would like to pull themselves together become confused in the ocean of information and conflicting opinions. Failing to find answers and advice, many decide to do nothing,» – comments Ence.
«Unfortunately, aside from consulting a specialist, there are no other reasonable solutions. Although 40% of Latvian residents also claim they would require additional income to start leading a healthy lifestyle, if someone truly wants to tackle this problem, they will find a way,» – Ence concluded.