Men Want Rewards for Exercising
survey by the Opinion Research Corporation found almost half of the men
would be motivated to go to the gym more often if it resulted in more
sexual activity. The survey also found that 71 percent would be
motivated by heart disease, 65 percent from being out of breath from
climbing stairs, and 60 percent from not being able to button their
magazine and CNN were in search of the cause for male inactivity when
Opinion conducted the survey to start National Men's Health Week, June
"The bad news
is that men aren't exercising as much as they should," Greg Gutfeld,
editor of Men's Health, said. "The good news is that we've identified
the key strategy that women can use to help men get in shape: They
should offer their men a reward when they come back from the gym."
Other statistics from the survey included:
61 percent said they would go to the doctor if they could get in and
out in 10 minutes or the visit were free, 34 percent said they would go
for a free Swedish massage, 17 percent would go for an attractive
receptionist, and 12 percent would go for a wide-screen TV with
pay-per-view in the waiting room. Shockingly, 34 percent would not go
to the doctor even if they had chest pain.
45 percent of men (and 47 percent of women) lie to their doctor because
"it was easier to tell the doctor what he wanted to hear," 34 percent
lied out of embarrassment, 26 percent lied out of fear of the doctor
getting angry, 19 percent lied to avoid hearing bad news, and 18
percent lied because they were in a hurry.
Only 31 percent jog regularly, 27 percent use an aerobic machine and 36
percent lift weights, but 56 percent walk at least twice a week.
According to the U. S. Census Bureau, 59 percent of men think they'll
live until they're 80, even though the life expectancy of a man born in
the '70s is 67.
68 percent of men and women would choose the end of cancer to any other
health advance. Fourteen percent would like Alzheimer's disease cured
and 12 percent would end heart disease.
Less than 1 percent would to like to see a cure for the common beer belly.
Men's Health Week was recognized officially by Congress in 1994 and is
an opportunity to encourage preventative health behavior, and early
detection and treatment of health problems. The campaign is sponsored
by Men's Health magazine with support from CNN, Savane, and Rodale, as
well as organizations like Federal Express and CIGNA.
Source: Men's Health and CNN