September revealed as month Yorkshire takes up new hobbies

  • Half of people from Yorkshire still have a new start of term feeling in September
  • 38% of people say this is the month they start up a new hobby
  • Over half (57%) struggle to find exercise they enjoy after leaving school
  • Yorkshire’s favourite school sport revealed to be football
  • 86% prefer group exercise than going solo

Despite September often being referred to as the month of the slump, when summer is over and many people’s reason to exercise is out the window, new research from British Military Fitness (BMF) has revealed September is also when many people from Yorkshire take up new hobbies*. 51% say they still get a new ‘start of term’ feeling in September, whilst a third say they are more inclined to take up a new hobby. And it seems many are really missing school sports, with over half of people (57%) from Yorkshire saying they have struggled to find any exercise they enjoy since school.

Let’s get physical

Football was revealed as Yorkshire’s top school sport, with one in six naming it as their favourite, whilst the nation as a whole preferred athletics. In general, men enjoyed PE lessons more than women, with 75% saying they liked school sports. And although many people may look back on their P.E. lessons negatively, there were lots of things people miss about them, with 39% saying they missed having fun whilst exercising, whilst a quarter miss being outside.


After school dropouts

And it seems many simply struggle to find a form of exercise they enjoy since school, with one in ten people from Yorkshire saying they stopped working out completely for at least six years after school. Harry Sowerby, Managing Director of British Military Fitness, commented: “At school, there are a wide variety of sports to get involved in and when we finish, it can be hard to find a sustainable form of exercise we enjoy. Whether it be an outdoor fitness class, playing rounders with your friends or joining your local netball club, there are many ways to work out that you can enjoy.”

Teamwork makes the dream work

Going alone is definitely not the preferred option with the research also revealing that 86% of those living in Yorkshire prefer group exercise, whilst playing in a team was the thing that 55% most missed about school sports. Harry continued: “It’s great to see that so many people enjoy group exercise, it was one of the main reasons we set up BMF, we knew a lot of people loved working out together and missed that teamwork atmosphere of school sports.”military fitness

He added: “Exercise shouldn’t be a chore; admittedly it’s not always easy, but it shouldn’t be something we hate. An overwhelming 99% of people in this research agreed that enjoying exercise makes it much easier to achieve your fitness goals. My advice is to keep mixing it up – doing the same workouts in the gym every week will stop having an effect, mixing up your training is a great way to ensure your routine doesn’t get monotonous and you stay motivated.

“I found it really interesting how many people still get that new start of term feeling in September and get the urge to try something new, which is great. I would encourage people to just go for it – take up that hobby you might have been thinking about for years – what have you got to lose?”

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*Survey of 1,200 people in August 2016



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