What are the barriers to Exercising for women?

  • Practical barriers Lack of time and lack of childcare. Financial, Personal safety. Lack of transport and access to facilities
  • Personal barriers Body image. Clothing and equipment. Lack of self-confidence.
  • Social and cultural barriers Male-dominated culture of sport, attitudes and prejudices about sexuality, female invisibility in media representations and role models in sport.

Research has shown that fear of being judged is for many an important all- encompassing concern, which then surfaces re- articulated in the form of another more ‘acceptable’ barrier.

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TRAIN THE SAME, BUT INTELLIGENTLY Aesthetically speaking, men and women usually have varying goals, yet they’re often achieved with very similar programs. Men often want to be ‘muscular’, and many women want to be ‘toned and shapely’. Either way the key is to develop and maintain lean muscle, which boosts metabolism, burns calories and fuels fat burning. But it’s not just about how you look lots of women exercise because it makes them feel great, there are also significant health benefits which underpin most exercise guidelines.

  • The current Department of Health Activity Guidelines are the same for men and women they recommend that you: Aim to be active daily.
  • Over a week, activity should add up to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity in bouts of 10 minutes or more – one way to approach this is to do 30 minutes on at least 5 days a week.
  • Alternatively, comparable benefits can be achieved through 75 minutes of vigorous intensity activity spread across the week or combinations of moderate and vigorous intensity activity.
  • Also undertake physical activity to improve muscle strength on at least two days a week.
  • Minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary (sitting) for extended periods

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