Do Men Exercise More than Women?

Posted: Oct 25 2013

One of the things I like most about my lovely lady is the fact that she’s not a “girlie girl”.  For example, when we go swimming she’s the first one down the water slide.  She’ll be the one doing handstands or challenging me to a “who can swim the furthest underwater” competition.  She is fun, active and enjoys life to the full.

I contrast this to the girls we despair at, who are chatting away while they do snail-paced lengths, all the time keeping their head above water less they mess up their hair or make up.  Why is it, we wonder, that a disproportionate number of girls seem to lack that “to hell with it just get stuck in” attitude?  And this links to another discussion we often have, why do fewer women seem to exercise than men?

This observation is based partly on the fact that our running club in our one-horse market town is about 90% male, so we might be accused of not seeing the full picture here.  However, you don’t have to spend too long on Google to find scientific studies that show that men exercise more than women.  But why…?

We’ve got a theory that it might boil down to sweat (and the fact that girls don’t like seem to like to).  Maybe it’s something to do with the media, and a propagation of unachievable unrealistic airbrushed images in glossy magazines, but we wonder if the idea of being sweaty, flushed and red-faced in public places is a step too far outside the comfort zone.

If this is the case, then it’s a shame.  Working up a sweat is a good thing.  It means you’re putting the effort in and working hard to improve your body, your health and your fitness (it’s got other benefits too, did you read our post on “Why Running is Good for the Skin”?).

I think that guys see sweat almost as a badge of honour, in a look-how-hard-I’m-working kind of way.  Personally I think it is for women too.  Plus, my favourite people are the ones who don’t care what other people think; they’re doing it for themselves.

So what do you think?  Do you think men exercise more than women?  If so, why?  And are we totally wide of the mark or is there some truth in our pontificating?

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