Do you feel you don't get enough exercise? graph of japanese statistics[part 1][part 2]

The Cabinet Office Japan recently published the results of their survey into physical strength and sports amongst the Japanese population.

Demographics

Between the 24th of September and the 4th of October 2009 3,000 adults randomly selected from population rolls from all over the country were approached for face-to-face interviews. Of the 3,000, 1,925 people, or 64.2%, were able and willing to take part in the survey. The main reasons for not taking part were refusal and not being in when the inverviewer visited. 54.2% of the sample were female, 9.2% in their twenties, 15.0% in their thirties, 17.4% in their forties, 19.6% in their fifties, 22.5% in their sixties, and 16.3% aged seventy or older.

Ahh, a sport survey, so it must be an excuse for my frequent refrain of how I plan to buy a Wii Fit and get into some sort of less round shape.

My employer offers a discount on sports gym membership, but it’s some pretty pathetic percentage off a full-price membership for only one or two gyms in a chain neither of which are convenient for home.

Research results

Q1: How do you think your state of health is? (Sample size=1,925)

Healthy 53.9%
Perhaps healthy 31.4%
Perhaps unhealthy 9.0%
Unhealthy 5.6%
Don’t know 0.1%

Q2: How do you feel about your physical strength? (Sample size=1,925)

Have confidence 15.5%
Perhaps have confidence 47.0%
Perhaps worry about it 29.5%
Worry about it 7.9%
Don’t know 0.2%

Q3: Do you feel you don’t get enough exercise? (Sample size=1,925)

Very much so 29.1%
To some degree 44.8%
Not really 18.4%
Not at all 7.4%
Don’t know 0.3%

Q4: Which of the following sports or activities have you done within the last year? (Sample size=1,925, multiple answer)

Walking 48.2%
Physical exercises (including workplace exercises, aerobics, jump rope, etc) 26.2%
Bowling 15.7%
Running, jogging 12.1%
Swimming 11.1%
Golf 10.7%
Tennis, soft tennis, badminton, table tennis 10.4%
Catchball, dodgeball 10.1%
Exercise using indoor equipment 8.0%
Baseball, softball 7.4%
Cycling, motorcycling 7.2%
Skiing, snowboard 6.1%
Hiking, wandervogel, orienteering 5.8%
Volleyball, basketball 5.5%
Boating, yachting, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, canoeing, jetbiking, surfing, fishing 5.0%
Camping, caravanning 4.5%
Mountaineering, climbing 4.1%
Gateball, ground golf 3.8%
Dance 3.7%
Football, futsal 3.4%
Athletics 1.1%
Judo, kendo, karate, sumo, boxing, wrestling 1.1%
Skating 0.7%
Gliding, hanggliding, skydiving, paragliding 0.0%
Archery 0.4%
Other 2.9%
Not done any sports or exercise 22.2%
Don’t know 0.1%

Those who did some sports or exercise answered SQ1 and SQ2, and those who did not or didn’t know answered SQ3.

Q4SQ1: In total, over the last year for how many days have you done these sports or exercises? (Sample size=1,496)

Three or more days a week (151 days or more) 30.2%
One or two days a week (51 to 150 days) 28.1%
One to three days a month (12 to 50 days) 23.4%
One or two days every three months (4 to 11 days) 10.7%
One to three days in the year 7.3%
Don’t know 0.3%

Q4SQ2: Why do you do sports or exercises? (Sample size=1,496, multiple answer)

For health, building physical strength 53.7%
For fun, recreation 50.3%
Because I feel a lack of exercise 42.0%
To spend time with friends 33.8%
To spend time with family 17.0%
For beauty, diet 14.9%
To improve my personal bests, abilities 4.7%
For mental training, discipline 4.0%
Other 1.9%
Don’t know 0.4%

Q4SQ3: Why haven’t you done any sports or exercises over the last year? (Sample size=429, multiple answer)

No time due to being busy at work 45.9%
Body is weak 24.0%
Too old for it 19.8%
Don’t like sports or exercise 11.2%
Don’t have any friends 7.7%
Costs money to do 5.8%
No place or facilities available 5.4%
Never had the opportunity 3.4%
No-one to instruct me 1.6%
Other 4.9%
No particular reason 6.8%
Don’t know 0.2%

Q5: Including those you currently do from Q4, which of the following sports or activities would you like to do in the future? (Sample size=1,925, multiple answer)

Walking 50.8%
Physical exercises (including workplace exercises, aerobics, jump rope, etc) 26.3%
Swimming 22.1%
Golf 15.7%
Tennis, soft tennis, badminton, table tennis 15.2%
Running, jogging 13.5%
Bowling 12.9%
Skiing, snowboard 10.6%
Exercise using indoor equipment 10.1%
Mountaineering, climbing 9.4%
Hiking, wandervogel, orienteering 8.2%
Dance 8.1%
Baseball, softball 8.0%
Camping, caravanning 7.8%
Cycling, motorcycling 7.8%
Boating, yachting, sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving, canoeing, jetbiking, surfing, fishing 7.4%
Catchball, dodgeball 7.3%
Volleyball, basketball 6.9%
Gateball, ground golf 4.2%
Football, futsal 4.2%
Judo, kendo, karate, sumo, boxing, wrestling 2.6%
Archery 2.0%
Skating 1.9%
Gliding, hanggliding, skydiving, paragliding 1.8%
Athletics 1.4%
Other 3.3%
Don’t want to do any sports or exercise in the future 12.9%
Don’t know 0.6%

Q6: In order to get people to do sports or exercise, what kind of sports instructor do you think is needed? (Sample size=1,925, multiple answer)

Someone who can instruct in how to enjoy sports, get me interested in sports 51.5%
Someone who can instruct in exercises, sports that will build health, physical strength 41.9%
Someone who can instruct at regular times throughout the year 26.5%
Someone who can instruct in sports for older people, handicapped 20.2%
Someone with instructor-related qualifications 17.8%
Someone who can actively promote sports activities for children 13.1%
Someone who can organise, plan sports events 11.9%
Someone who can instruct in high-level techniques to improve competitiveness 10.7%
Someone who can instruct in new sports like gateball, frisbee, soft volleyball, etc 6.9%
Other 0.6%
Nothing in particular 16.4%
Don’t know 2.4%

Q7: What sort of things would you want from local government-supported gymnasiums, swimming pools, tennis courts, other sports facilities? (Sample size=1,925, multiple answer)

Increase the number of facilites so I can use somewhere close at hand 36.4%
Lengthen opening hours 23.5%
Sufficient sports education, activities aimed at beginners 23.2%
Simplify use procedures, payment methods, etc 22.8%
Sufficient publicity on usage details 15.5%
Sufficient information about health, sports, etc 13.1%
Make instructors available 11.5%
Sufficient child-care facilities 10.1%
Sufficient after-sports facilities (restaurants, shower rooms, etc) 8.6%
Other 2.0%
Nothing in particular 29.9%
Don’t know 1.2%

Q8: What sort of things would you want from private fitness clubs, swimming clubs, tennis clubs, golf ranges, other sports facilities? (Sample size=1,925, multiple answer)

Make them cheaper to use 52.9%
Increase the number of facilites so I can use somewhere close at hand 23.5%
Sufficient child-care facilities 8.4%
Improve the qualifications of instructors 7.8%
Sufficient program details 7.3%
Sufficient after-sports facilities (restaurants, etc) 6.3%
Other 0.5%
Nothing in particular 35.5%
Don’t know 1.9%

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