MOST Brits will start their pre-holiday health kick 53 days before they jet off, experts have revealed.
And in total we spend around 33 hours and seven minutes getting in shape ahead of our getaways, a survey found.
Getty – Contributor Brits start their pre-holiday health kick 53 days before jetting off
A whopping seven in ten intend to shed weight in time for the warmer months – around 10lbs (4.5kg) on average.
Aside from exercise, the most common methods employed include giving takeaways the heave-ho, going teetotal and eating healthier meals.
Commissioned by healthy food box company, Mindful Chef, the poll of 2,000 adults found increased confidence, energy levels and mental wellbeing are the biggest motivations to get into shape.
Peer pressure also has a part to play, with 45 per cent admitting they are motivated to lead a healthier lifestyle ahead of their holiday because their friends and family are doing the same.
Getty – Contributor In total we spend around 33 hours and seven minutes getting in shape ahead of our getaways
Giles Humphries, co-founder of Mindful Chef, said: “Annually we see sales of our healthy recipe boxes increase significantly from the second week of May, peaking at the start of June.
“Given the majority of us holiday in July and August, our sales data supports the research findings, suggesting that most of our customers kick start their healthy habits at this time of year as their holiday countdown begins.”
The research also found six in 10 have previously tried to get into shape for the summer or a holiday.
And most of those polled – an incredible seven in 10 – were successful.
Getty – Contributor Aside from exercise, the most common methods employed include giving takeaways the heave-ho
Forty-five per cent said the hot weather typically prompts them to get fitter and healthier as they want to wear more revealing clothing without feeling self-conscious.
And four in 10 said simply getting their summer clothes out of the wardrobe leads to them wanting to get in shape.
It also emerged 60 per cent follow a healthier diet in the summer in comparison to the rest of the year.
Half of the population will eat more chilled foods such as salads, 22 per cent will have smaller portions and one fifth will attempt to lower their calorie intake during the summer months.
However, 41 per cent actually find it HARDER to eat healthily during the summer due to increased social activities such as barbecues and visits to the local pub garden.
Forty-six per cent have attempted a diet at some stage but more than one third admitted they gave up on it after just one month.