Lack of time blamed as young doctors fail to exercise

Young doctors take much less exercise than the England average and well below recommended levels, according to a study.

The researchers base their findings on the exercise patterns of 61 junior doctors, working at two hospitals in southern England, one of which had an on-site gym.

Half the doctors were women and the specialties in which they worked were equally divided between medicine and surgery. Their average age was 27.

The doctors weighed less and smoked less than the England average and only 7% of them drank more than the recommended number of units.

But only 21% met the recommended exercise levels – 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five times a week, much lower than the England average of 44%.

The biggest reason given for not exercising enough after graduating was lack of time (58%), 29% said they were not motivated to exercise or too tired after work to do so.

neil.durham@haymarket.com

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