Sport – We like watching more than doing

According to the Eurobarometer, only six percent of Europeans exercise regularly – at least five times a week – and 45 percent never do sports.

It was made public in the EU member states on the topic of sports and physical activity, prepared in April-May this year Eurobarometer survey results. 45 percent of respondents said they never exercise or do sports, 38 percent do sports at least once a week, 6 percent do sports five or more times a week.


According to the survey, 71 percent of Finns, 63 percent of Luxembourgers, 60 percent of the Dutch, and 59 percent of Danes and Swedes exercise at least once a week. By contrast, in eight countries, more than half of respondents say they never exercise or do sports, with the highest rates in Portugal (73 percent), Greece (68 percent) and Poland (65 percent).

Compared to the 2017 data, the situation has not changed significantly, so they emphasize that there is still a great need for the continuous promotion of exercise. It was also revealed that during the coronavirus epidemic, half of Europeans exercised less frequently or even stopped exercising.

The largest proportion – 54 percent – of those between the ages of 15 and 24 exercise regularly, this proportion is 42 percent among those aged 25 to 39, 32 percent among those aged 40 to 54, and only 21 percent among those over 55.

According to the respondents, the main obstacle to an active lifestyle is lack of time, followed by lack of motivation and lack of interest in sports. A sporty lifestyle is primarily motivated by better health, secondly by increasing fitness and then relaxation. Half of the respondents like to exercise in the open air, a third of them prefer to exercise at home.

The majority prefers to watch the activities of others: in most of the EU member states, the majority of respondents stated that they enjoy watching sports competitions broadcast in the media.

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