A recent study has named Buckinghamshire the laziest county in the UK.

Bean bag company, Great Bean Bags has analysed over 26,000 entries from adults to discover which county is the most sloth-like.

Using data from its tool The Lazy Scale, the results were based on getting the least exercise, walking least, sleeping most, and having more takeaways to reveal the laziest county.

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The tool was created in 2019 and for the purpose of the study being fair, counties with less than 100 respondents were omitted from the ranking.

Buckinghamshire was ranked the laziest, completing on average two hours of exercise per week and just over an hour of walking a day which was the sixth least in the study. 

The county also placed ninth in the county getting the least minutes of sleep per night with 439 minutes per night.

An average of just over seven hours of sleep each night.

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According to the NHS, most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep a night with Dr Lindsay Browning, psychologist, neuroscientist and sleep expert stressing the importance of sleep.

She said: “When we sleep, our brains physically repair our bodies and regulate important hormones which control the functioning of our bodies during the day.

“If we don’t get the right amount of sleep or the right kind of sleep then our bodies will not be properly repaired during the night.

In second came Greater London, who despite raking up an impressive 88 minutes of walking a day, find themselves ordering at least 3 takeaways a week 

Closely behind in third was Bristol, totalling 7.35 hours of sleep a night, which means Bristolians are getting an extra 30 minutes in bed than the average UK resident. 

The NHS recommends that to stay healthy we must do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity a week.

Harry Griffiths, a personal trainer, said: “There are many reasons why we can be lazy, but perhaps the main cause is a lack of motivation brought on by low self-esteem or a lack of positive recognition from others.

"This in turn manifests in procrastination, which makes you stall proactive action.

“Keeping active is so important as you’re much more prone to serious illness stemming from inactivity, such as chronic obesity and heart diseases, so it’s best to try and stay active wherever you can.”   

Patrick Tonks, creative director at Great Bean Bags, said: “We created the lazy scale to help people that might be looking at introducing new and healthy habits into their lifestyle.

"We know how important it is to kick back and relax, but we have to eat healthy and do plenty of exercise as well, with moderation being key!

“New habits are difficult to stick to, so we thought something that offers people a score on their current habits can give them a goal to beat and something to aim for.”