A recent Oregon State University study showed that men, on average, perform 30 minutes of moderate to strenuous exercise every day. Women? A measly 18. The sad thing is that it appears women benefit more from exercise than men, at least in terms of gaining and maintaining strength.
The study on exercise and health had over 1,000 subjects who were selected nationally. Those who worked out 30 minute per day had:
- less depression
- lower chance of high cholesterol
- less incidence of metabolic syndrome
Researchers aren’t sure why, but women benefited more than men when they were able to get in 30 minutes of exercise per day. Women often cited child-rearing responsibilities as the reason why they didn’t have time to workout.
This study surprised me a lot. I wouldn’t have thought twice and said women workout more than men. No question. My view of the world is a bit skewed, however, since I own a Pilates studio and train mostly women. But even so, a slightly higher percentage of women than men have gym memberships. I guess us gals have good intentions but not as good follow through.
If you’re a guy reading this, and you’re a member of the 30-minute-a-day club, good for you. If you’re a man or a woman and you’re below that number, what are you going to do to reach that half hour a day mark? This is important! You’re fooling around with the quality of your life as you age and with longevity itself. Surely it’s more important to be active for 30 minutes a day than it is to watch TV? Right??
What do you think of the study? Were you surprised that men are more consistent at their workouts than women? What do you do to workout on a regular basis? Is child care a good excuse or just a cop out?
Let me know,