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Women don't exercise enough

15th November 2007

The Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) has called for a public debate on how to engage women in physical activity after findings that only a fifth of women in the UK are doing enough exercise to be healthy.


The WSFF says many women currently feel under more pressure to be thin than healthy and are put off exercise from an early age often by sport at school.

It also says that women need better sporting role models other than WAGs – the wives and girlfriends of footballers.

The WSFF says more young women are only half as active as male counterparts.

Government guidelines recommend 30 minutes of moderate exercise five days a week, but  a survey of 350,000 people last year found only one in five women currently reach that target.

Separate research for the WSFF has found that 90% of women feel under pressure to be thin, and 25% say they “hate the way they look? when they exercise.

The report says: “There is a fundamental mismatch between girls’ views of their bodies’ functions as passive and decorative, and the use of the body as active and functional in sport.?

The WSFF wants a debate involving the media, government, schools and universities, and also plans to encourage businesses to facilitate more sporting events at work.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said his government is committed “to achieving a step change in how women and girls experience and participate in sport? while Minister for Sport Gerry Sutcliffe said highlighted getting more women doing sport as one of his priorities.


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Friday 16th November 2007 @ 3:18

How unsurprising this is! I wonder how many many are put off exercise during critical years because they bear the lion's share of work at home, in addition to working for pay outside the home?


Thursday 22nd November 2007 @ 8:58

As the previous commentator said, they are too busy doing two full time jobs. There just aren't enough hours in the day. I would love to exercise and know all the mental and physical benefits but just can't find the time. Driving to work takes 30 mins door to door and I can't afford the extra time it would take to cycle.

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