Shock finding about exercise trend

A surprising discovery has been made by new research about the exercise habits and behaviors of Australians regarding one thing.

A new study revealed that Australian men exercise more often than their female partners.

The researchA study published in Journal of Health and Social Behavour revealed shocking statistics about the gender exercise gap. 28% of women reported doing 3 physical activities per week, while 34% of their male partners did.

Researchers concluded “hour for hour, paid or unpaid, women’s physical activity is constrained by their time use in ways that men’s is not”.

“Although men generally spend longer hours on the job than women do … this ‘buys’ them less and different types of family work.” the researchers wrote.

Australian National University study co-author, Professor Lyndall Strazdins said that women’s physical activity dropped by more than six per cent whenever their family or paid work hours increased, in comparison to men’s mere two per cent drop.

“We’re wanting women to work equally, but we’re not enabling them to do that, and they’re cutting back on their health.” she said.

Professor Strazdins said longer work hours for men had “almost no effect on their time for being active and keeping themselves healthy”.

“When men have a job, they reduce the time they spend at home on care. But when women have a job, they don’t,” she said.

“What that tells you is that men’s jobs actually buy them out of family work, and it shifts time on to women.

The study also reveals that men have more family and total paid work commitments per week than women, while women report having longer work hours and less control over work time.

Researchers drew on more than 7,000 Australian heterosexual couples aged 25-64 to create their research.


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