Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Research shows Melbourne women missing out on exercise

Research shows Melbourne women missing out on exercise
September 5, 2013

Women are missing out on exercise opportunities but are more inclined to want to exercise than men, according to a new survey conducted by VicHealth and Griffith University.

The survey, of 1,413 Melbourne adults reveals differences between the way men and women exercise. It also shows women are getting less exercise in general.

When it came to the type of exercises the genders prefer, women were more likely than men to take part in yoga (7% against 3%) and slightly more likely to go swimming (16% against 14%) while men were significantly more likely than women to take part in cycling (19% against 11%) and golf (12% against 2%).

Overall, women's participation was found to be consistently lower in all age groups after the age of 29.

Overall, men were more likely to say they had been physically active in the previous week at 94%, compared to 92% of women overall, when you include walking. When you exclude walking, 65% of women exercised, compared with 69% of men.

However, the survey shows 34% of women intend to start a new physical activity compared to only 18% of men, with a tendency towards increasing walking, aerobics and yoga.

VicHealth Chief Executive Jerril Rechter said women often face more barriers to physical activity, particularly women over 30, mothers and those from non-English speaking backgrounds. Common reasons include difficulty finding the time, a lack of appropriate facilities for women and caring for children.

Rechter explained "women are finding it increasingly difficult to get involved in exercise at set times of the day or week.

"Modern lifestyles have resulted in many women having to choose between work or family commitments and physical activity. There is little doubt that our increasingly busy and cluttered lifestyles are a factor, which is why we need to rethink how we get our 30-minutes of exercise into our days."

The survey was conducted as part of VicHealth's free TeamUp phone app, which was launched in April. The app has since had more than 7800 downloads. It acts as a free community noticeboard where people can list or browse hundreds of activities, from yoga to soccer to roller derby, in their local area, and join in with no commitment.

Rechter added "TeamUp is specifically designed to clear the hurdles many people, not just women, face when it comes to fitness.

"It's a fun way to get active that caters for all ability levels and best of all, it offers the opportunity to form new social networks and make new friends, which is really important for health as well.

"The way we see it, exercising shouldn't be a chore it should be the highlight of your day. It's simply about finding what works for you."

Results from the survey have been released to coincide with Jean Hailes Women's Health Week.

For more information go to www.womenshealthweek.com.au

19th July 2012 - INACTIVITY TO BLAME FOR 1 IN 10 AUSTRALIAN DEATHS

29th August 2011 - NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR VICHEALTH


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

MYRTHA POOLS

Founded in 1961, Myrtha Pools® quickly became Italy’s première swimming pool company, and has since grown into one of the world's leading swimming pool construction…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks / Wellness

 
 

iDwala Pty Ltd

iDwala is the Community Sports Surface Specialist offering the highest quality designs and technical expertise to Councils, Schools and Sporting Clubs looking to create sporting…

read more

Consultants / Design / Recreation / Sport / Surfaces

 
 

SENtag

Developed in Europe, this innovative system offers a safety management solution for swimming pools that checks individual swimmers via their wristband - monitoring their depth and time. Sensors…

read more

Aquatics / Hospitality / Safety / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

ICP

ICP is an Australian-based company focused on indoor climbing. ICP will manage your project from initial design to completion and beyond, whether you're building an international-level climbing…

read more

Attractions / Fitness / Recreation

 
 

Myzone

Myzone is the industry’s leading wearable technology solution. Myzone’s wearable products show and reward effort when you work out. It displays accurate real-time heart rate, calories, and…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Summit Fitness

Summit Fitness Equipment is now part of NovoFit - see www.ausleisure.com.au/suppliers/novofit/

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Technology / Wellness

 
 

COMMERCIAL AQUATICS AUSTRALIA

Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks

 
 

The Pool Enclosure Company

Welcome to The Pool Enclosure Company (TPEC). We provide a large range of premium commercial and residential retractable swimming pool, spa and terrace enclosures throughout Australia, servicing…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Recreation / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business