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A third of locals take little exercise

A THIRD of locals take less than one hour's exercise a week, according to a government survey.

Being busy with work and having no spare time are the main factors limiting citizens' exercise regime, according to the poll of more than 3,000 Shanghainese.

However, 79 percent of those interviewed thought exercise was important or very important.

Laziness, high charges and a lack of suitable venues also kept locals away from exercise.

The survey, conducted by Shanghai Citizen Mailbox, said 32 percent of people interviewed spent less than one hour on exercise each week; 23 percent exercised for one to two hours; and only 10 percent trained for more than five hours a week.

But 57 percent of those surveyed had exercise plans in order to keep healthy, relieve pressure and lose some weight. Walking - the choice of 58 percent of those polled - was most popular, followed by running on 33 percent, badminton (27 percent) and cycling (23 percent).

According to the survey, locals spend little on physical training. Some 33 percent said their outlay was zero, and 41 percent spent no more than 500 yuan (US$76) a year.


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