While 93 percent of Americans report attempting to make everyday choices to be healthy and live well, nearly half (47 percent) struggle to do so, according to the Amway Global Wellness Index, a recent national survey of more than 15,000 Americans regarding their health and wellness.
The two main barriers that prevent people from living a healthier lifestyle are lack of time (39 percent) and the rising cost of a balanced diet (21 percent), according to survey results. Survey respondents said the top three wellness challenges are getting enough exercise, getting enough sleep and maintaining a well-balanced diet.
The survey shows more than one in five (23 percent) -- or close to 51.7 million people -- are not exercising for at least 30 minutes or more at a time on a regular basis. When people do exercise, the focus is on general wellness (35 percent), cardio/endurance (25 percent), weight loss (18 percent) and muscle tone (12 percent).
While Americans say getting enough exercise is the most challenging part of living a healthy life (38 percent), only 24 percent believe regular exercise at least three days per week is the most critical aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Getting enough sleep is reported as the second greatest challenge (34 percent), with eating a well-balanced diet (25 percent) coming in third. Four in 10 (43 percent) aged 55 and older claim to struggle with making healthy choices, compared to 48 percent of 18- to 34-year-olds and 50 percent of 35- to 54-year-olds.
Forty-two percent of Americans report that the economy is having a negative impact on their wellness choices. Current economic conditions appear to have a greater impact on the unemployed, with the wellness of 51 percent of non-working parents negatively impacted, versus 43 percent of working parents. According to survey respondents, the health decisions of women are affected more by the economy than men -- 44 percent versus 40 percent, respectively.
And, 33 percent of Americans claim that the presidential candidates' positions on personal wellness will influence how they vote this election.
The Amway Global Wellness Index is a national survey of 15,035 American adults ages 18 and older. Commissioned by Amway Global, the study has an estimated margin of error of +/-0.8 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. For more information and state-specific statistics, go to http://www.inspirewellness.com/.