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Britons lazier than ever, new health study finds

THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

Britons can’t be bothered to walk up a few flights of stairs, balk at the idea of running to catch a bus and would rather snooze than have sex with our partners, report published yesterday said.

Despite a huge government push to encourage healthy living, they are lazier than ever, concludes the study conducted by Nuffield Health, a non-profit health organization.

One in six would rather watch a TV program they didn’t like than leave the sofa to change the channel if their remote control was broken. A third (36 percent) of the 2,000 adults surveyed for the study said they would not run to catch a bus and more than half (59 percent) would not walk up two flights of stairs to reach their office, choosing instead to take the elevator.

More than half of dog owners (52 percent) did not walk their dogs, and two-thirds (64 percent) of parents admit to always being too tired to play with their children.

Almost three-quarters (73 percent) of couples saying they regularly do not have enough energy at the end of the day to have sex, with more than half (58 percent) blaming a lack of fitness.

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