Do you prefer death over exercising? If you do, you are not alone. A survey done by British Heart Foundation has found that six out of ten people in UK would prefer a short life full of beer and happiness instead of a longer life full of exercises and healthy food.

These people know that they are not going to live forever and they plan to get the most out of their life. Sadly, the survey also found that only one third from UK adults do moderate exercise for 30 minutes a day.

The ever demanding career environment has literally stolen plenty of times for exercising. Combined with the availability of fast food chains and sedentary lifestyle, the effect is deadly.

These 6 out of 10 people know that they will be very miserable if they have to live a healthy life far from many things that they love, so they prefer to ‘live life to the fullest’. Sadly most often they die early.

While the word ‘exercise’ is associated with a long strenuous workout at gym, surprisingly it takes much less than that to make your life last longer. Dr. Mike Knapton, director from British Heart Foundation, has said to Daily Mail that even simple activity such as 30 minutes brisk walking, few stairs climbing and house cleaning are already enough to keep our heart in shape.

Surprisingly it’s not as much as I have ever imagined. Sure for some people 30 minutes a day may be hard to squeeze, but surely it’s not impossible. As for myself, I want to live my life to the fullest in my own way.

Sure I may be having much less ‘fun food and drink’ but at least I’ll be happy since I know I am doing something which I want to do. What are your thoughts? Is it hard for you to start a healthier lifestyle and squeeze a little more room for moderate activities?

More on this: The Observer


  1. Soju said...

    It's hard to ditch alcohol. If you are used to drink it excessively then chance is, you will prefer to die instead of living without alcohol.

  2. Sherry said...

    No wonder healthcare cost is rising. People should really learn how to take care of themselves.

  3. Intancen said...

    It's a good thing that the elevator on my university is always crowded, so I have no choice but to climb the stairs all the way to fifth floor everyday. Wouldn't need to do this if I am not late though :P.

  4. Brian said...

    Quite a bold idea. Everybody has their own meaning of "living life to the fullest". What made me curious is, are they really want to live that way? Or are they just lazy? Seriously it doesn't take much of their time to actually make their bodies a little healthier.

  5. Anonymous said...

    Those people don't understand that they don't need to follow a monk's life in order to have a good long life. You just need a common sense and not to do or consume anything excessively, try to have balance in everything and you are all set.

  6. ♥ Hayley said...

    Eating food takes 5 minutes. How much fun can it be? I'd rather get enjoyment out of shopping for a new pant size. :)

  7. Anonymous said...

    Well, the wording of the survey sounds pretty loaded -- "beer and happiness" vs "exercise and health" -- but no happiness? I'd rather live happy than unhappy no matter what it meant, so I'd pick that option too if it were the only way.

    BUT the fact is that it's not. I suspect that if the question were simply "would you rather live long and happily with exercise or briefly with a lot of beer" the answers may have been different.

  8. Sean said...

    Luckily I like exercise~ But, I also like to live in my own pace if I don't like to exercise or those healthy foods.

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