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68% of Irish People Have Become Too Tired to Enjoy Life

Fitness expert, Karl Henry of Operation Transformation fame joined top model Aoife Coogan in Merrion Square to launch Centrum’s new research results relating to work / life balance.

68% of Irish People Have Become Too Tired to Enjoy Life

68% of Irish People Have Become Too Tired to Enjoy Life

Housework and children are still taking its toll on women with work life affecting men

A new survey released today by Centrum has revealed that 70% of people in Ireland feel that they don’t have enough time in their day, with 68% of those surveyed reporting that they are too tired to do what they actually want.

The survey examines the prevailing issues in Ireland relating to poor work / life balance and lack of energy, has thrown up some interesting statistics.

  • Over half of Irish women cite housework as a contributory factor to their lack of energy, against just one in five men.
  • The main contributor to Irish men’s lack of energy or fatigue is their job (53%), which affects just 41% of women.
  • When it comes to family life almost half of women (46%) say that their children contribute to their lack of energy, whilst the same applies to just 23% of men.
  • 72% of people did report that a lack of energy takes a toll on their romantic life, 77% being women.
  • 52% of people state that a lack of physical activity makes them tired yet 38% said that they give up physical activity when tired.
  • 37% blame a poor diet for their tiredness
  • 34% said they would sleep more if they had more time.

According to the research, the need to juggle a job, family, housework and busy schedules leaves Irish people too tired to find time for themselves and may impact on their health and wellbeing, as they struggle to find time for exercising and the attainment of a balanced diet.

Respondents did demonstrate an understanding of the steps needed to enhance their emotional and physical health but, the survey indicates that they simply lack the energy and time to make the necessary changes.

  • 93% of respondents are keen to make caring for their health and wellbeing a priority in the upcoming year.
  • 81% plan to support their health and well-being by exercising more in 2011. With an extra hour in their day, 41% said they would exercise more.
  • 75% said that for 2011 they were planning to eat more healthily and improve their poor diet.

According to fitness expert, Karl Henry of Operation Transformation fame, a lack of energy and time can create a vicious cycle.

“There are some really practical ways in which we can all claw back that valuable personal time that we’re craving.

  1. Prioritise tasks; take regular exercise; be active and be realistic in what you can achieve each day. This will help you to feel more in control of your time and more optimistic that you can achieve all that you set out to do.
  2. Don’t get frustrated if you don’t get everything done to plan. Life is not formulaic and distractions and new tasks pop up all of the time, so allow for them and you’ll be calmer about them.
  3. Do aim to eat a healthy, well balanced diet as the benefits cannot be underestimated for both mind and body.
  4. And, if you feel you need to supplement your diet, multivitamins can really help as a ‘diet insurance policy’.

Speaking at the launch of the new research, David O’Moore, Head of Consumer Healthcare responsible for Centrum, said: “As the core supplier of Centrum Multivitamins, we are continually looking at lifestyle trends and dietary behaviours, in an effort to understand people’s ever-changing needs and respond to them accordingly. Time-poor, busy lifestyles can mean that we do not always receive sufficient levels of nutrients, in the right quantities, to maintain good health and a multivitamin can be of particular help in this regard.”
Centrum has been shown to positively improve peoples’ work/ life balance by improving absorption of nutrients and energy from food into the body.

Fitness expert, Karl Henry of Operation Transformation fame joined top model Aoife Coogan in Merrion Square to launch Centrum's new research results relating to work / life balance.

Fitness expert, Karl Henry of Operation Transformation fame joined top model Aoife Coogan in Merrion Square to launch Centrum’s new research results relating to work / life balance.

Published: 25th January 2011.


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