U.K. residents are on the toilet more than they’re exercising

U.K. residents are on the toilet more than they’re exercising

The toilet: one of the last few sanctuaries of solitude.

It’s a place where time and space (and smell) go out the window, a time to reflect and prepare for the meal ahead.

But in your pants-less bliss, have you ever considered how much time you spend on the toilet, relative to other things you do in a given day?

A recent U.K. study set out to discover that answer, finding that British people spend an average 3 hours and 9 minutes every week on the toilet.


Amazingly, that’s significantly more time than they spend on physical activity, which averaged to just 1 hour and 30 minutes every week. The study involved 2,004 British adults, which was commissioned in time for National Fitness Day across the pond (Sept. 27).

Other notable figures from the study included 65% of British people sitting for six hours every day (toilet and non-toilet time combined), which significantly increases the risks of early death.

Related: India’s Government is Shaming Citizens – Into Using Toilets

Another noteworthy number: more than 40% of 18 to 24-year-olds claim Instagram has been a positive influence for them when it comes to motivation for physical activity. This contrasts to past studies, which suggest Instagram led to increased anxiety, depression, and body image issues for the same demographic in the U.K.

In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests adults get either 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week, with similar muscle-strengthening regimens. This guideline mirrors the health guidelines outlined by the U.K.’s NHS.

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