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UK adults don’t have enough energy for hobbies in spare time

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Adults in the UK don’t feel they have enough energy to do everything they would like to in their spare time, a new survey has revealed.

The study by healthcare company yorktest discovered that 94% of UK adults would like to do more activities in their spare time if they felt at their best and had more get-up-and-go.

However, only one in 20 (5%) always feel they have the energy to do the activities they would like to in their leisure time.

The survey of 4,000 UK adults, conducted via YouGov, also revealed men are more likely to always or often feel at their best than women, with 41% of men saying they have enough get-up-and-go compared to 32% of women.

It also showed that if they felt they had more energy, adults in the UK would spend more of their leisure time travelling, spending extra quality time their family and/or friends; being active, such as going to the gym or starting a running routine; and undertaking DIY projects.

Former Olympic athlete Sally Gunnell OBE, who has gone on to develop a career as a corporate wellbeing influencer, says she believes if people make time to do the activities they love in their free time they can improve their health.

Sally said:


“It isn’t surprising that people don’t feel like they have enough energy to do all the things they would like to in their spare time nowadays because we’re regularly rushing our lunch breaks or eating foods that won’t fuel us, spending a lot of our days sat down or commuting and many of us stay up late watching films and TV programmes or on our mobile phones.

“We often feel like we’re too busy and don’t have any quality leisure time. It’s important to take some time for yourself every day, even if it is just five minutes.Taking this time for yourself can really boost your mood and improve your overall health and wellbeing. 

“If people want to have more energy to do the activities and hobbies they would like to, it may be time for them to take a closer look at their diet.”

The findings showed 60% of UK adults would be likely to change their diet to feel at their best more often.

However, only a third (33%) would be willing to give up their favourite food and 37% their favourite drink to feel healthier and more energetic.

As part of the YouGov survey, the 4,000 participants were asked to list all the foods and drinks they like to eat and drink. The findings revealed UK adults most enjoy eating everyday foods, such as bread, eggs and potatoes (80%); fruits and vegetables (79%); savoury meals, for example pasta and stir fries (76%), and sweet snack foods, including chocolate and biscuits (57%). 

Interestingly, while the survey revealed 80% of people enjoy eating everyday foods, it also found only a quarter of them would readily give them up to have more energy and feel better.

More than three quarters (77%) of UK adults said they most enjoy drinking hot drinks like tea and coffee, however only 15% of people said they would stop drinking them to feel healthier and more energetic.

People would be willing to ditch sweet snack foods (54%), salty snacks (49%) and fried foods (54%) to feel their best, but only 14% would stop eating meals, such as the British favourite – a roast dinner.

Dr Gill Hart, Biochemist and Scientific Director at food intolerance experts yorktest, said:

“We don’t want people to give up their favourite foods and drinks. It’s not about giving up the things you love and enjoy eating and drinking. We don’t believe in a one size fits all approach, it is all about individuals finding out what foods work, and don’t work, for them.

“Many people associate food intolerances with digestive issues, such as bloating and IBS, however, fatigue and low energy are also symptoms of a food sensitivity. In fact, one in five people who came to us last year did so because they were experiencing extreme tiredness.

Taking a reliable food intolerance test, which analyses your blood’s reaction to proteins in foods, is the quickest and easiest way to find out if you have a food intolerance. This allows you to fast-track your elimination diet, instead of cutting foods out one by one to identify a sensitivity.

“Changing their diet and identifying any food intolerances could unlock extra energy for people to be able to do more of what they would like to in their spare time, whether that is spending time with their loved ones, sightseeing or going for a run.”

About yorktest

yorktest customer David Brown felt constantly tired and lethargic, complaining of a ‘brain fog’ that made it difficult to focus and think clearly. After discovering he was intolerant to eggs through one of the company’s tests, David says he has more energy, his ‘brain fog’ has lifted and he feels “reborn”.

yorktest have more than 35 years’ worth of experience in diagnostic testing and are chosen by 50% of the UK food intolerance testing market.

British track and field star Sally Gunnell OBE is a brand ambassador for yorktest.   

yorktest has been named Food Intolerance Testing Company of the Year for 2018 in the UK Enterprise Awards.

The company began trading in just two countries, in the UK and Ireland, and now trades in 49 territories with plans to expand further.  

At yorktest, the customer’s journey of their food intolerance test starts and ends in one place – everything from placing an order, dispatching a kit to analysing IgG reactions to up to 208 food and drink ingredients is carried out in the company’s ISO-standard laboratory.

The results of the yorktest 2017 customer survey revealed that four out of five customers saw improvements in their health after following a yorktest programme. Out of those who saw improvements, 89% did so within a month and 69% did so within just two weeks.

To find out more about food intolerance testing call yorktest’s friendly customer care team on 0800 074 6185 or browse the company’s supported food intolerance programmes online at www.yorktest.com