He’s not Exercising, He’s having an Affair!

* Lockdown ease sends lustful loverats to cheat
* Exercise top affair alibi for men and women, with running in top place
* Second place excuse to cheat for women is sunbathing as the UK enters a heatwave
* Survey conducted by IllicitEncounters.com the UK’s largest extramarital dating site

IllicitEncounters.com surveyed 240 of its members who have met up with their mistress or histress in the last week.

With lockdown restrictions having been marginally eased in the UK, the majority of men and women who are having affairs during lockdown are using exercise as an excuse to meet up.

A whopping 78% of men and 54% of women have said they are out exercising in the last week when actually they’ve been cheating.

Men are most likely to say they are going for a run (24%), followed by playing tennis (16%).

Top cheating excuse for women is going for a walk (20%).

The second highest rated excuse for women is sunbathing (15%) – coinciding with the recent heatwave in the UK. With forecasts predicted to go up to a scorching 26C in some parts of London today, this excuse is likely to continue to rise as the weather gets hotter.

Some of the excuses were gender specific.

Only men cite playing tennis (16%), going for a drive (11%), playing golf (9%), needing to cool off after an argument (3%) and dropping by the office (2%) as an excuse to cheat in the last week.

Whereas only women cite sunbathing (15%), needing a break from the kids (12%), yoga (7%), grocery shopping (6%), and visiting a garden centre (4%) as an excuse.

Going for a run comes in as the top excuse with 19% for both genders combined.

Dave, a member using IllicitEncounters.com said “It isn’t that unusual for me to be doing outdoor sports, I’ve always been a keen runner and a avid cyclist, leaving the house for a few hours a day sporting lycra is very ordinary, so exercise for me is the perfect excuse to cheat.”

Monika, a member using IllicitEncounters.com said “Oh come on, we’re all adults here. Seeing your lover during lockdown is no different to meeting up with a friend and socially distancing. I take my border collie for a walk and meet my other man in the park, so sue me. The weather has been so nice recently, I’ve just been telling my hubby I’m out sunbathing, the tan lines make it easy to prove.”

IllicitEncounters.com sex and relationships expert Jessica Leoni said “If people choose to meet their lovers during lockdown it is essential they adhere to social distancing rules. Let’s keep the exercise alive, and leave the sexercise till life returns to normal.

People who are in unhappy marriages often report feeling lonely. Lockdown has made these people feel even more isolated and alone. It’s expected that they would try and see each other, to fill that emotional void, and satisfy a basic social need of love and belonging.

Many people who are cheating are living a discreet double life, so in order to see their lover they need to come up with a justifiable reason. I’m not surprised exercise is the primary excuse to cheat for both genders, it’s one of the main reasons we are allowed to venture out during lockdown.”

Results split by gender

Men:
Going for a run 24%
Playing tennis 16%
Going for a walk 14%
Going for a drive 11%
Going for a bike ride 9%
Playing golf 8%
Taking the dog out for a walk 7%
Need to cool off after an argument 3%
Dropping by the office 2%
Other 6%

Women:
Going for a walk 20%
Sunbathing 15%
Going for a run 14%
I need a break from the kids 12%
Taking the dog out for a walk 10%
Yoga 7%
Grocery shopping 6%
Visiting a garden centre 4%
Going for a bike ride 3%
Other 9%

NOTES TO EDITOR
IllicitEncounters.com is the UK’s leading dating website for married people and the leading authority on infidelity. With over 1,000,000 genuine UK users since 2004, you’re sure to find your perfect match.

Established in 2004, we have been providing a meeting place for like-minded married and attached people for nearly 12 years. Our members have one thing in common – they are all looking for a little romance outside their current relationship. Whether that’s the occasional bit of flirtatious chat, a regular coffee date, or a full-blown affair, that’s up to them.

We’re always more than happy to talk about IllicitEncounters.com – please contact Christian Grant through the details below – but we’re not willing to speak publicly about SaraHartley.net at this moment in time.

Email: presspr@illicitencounters.co.uk

Mobile: 07824 353986

Twitter: @cheatsafer

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