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Why are physical activity rates lower amongst women?

Are there differences in physical activity and sport participation across genders? We explore in this extract from Social Issues in Sport.

If we compare statistics for physical activity among women with those for men, we find some striking differences. Specifically, inactivity is higher among women (31 percent) than among men (28.6 percent), and it increases with age, standing at 24.5 percent for ages 18 to 44, 31.8 percent for ages 45 to 64, 35.7 percent for ages 65 to 74, and 51.4 percent for age 75 and above. Women are also more likely than men to fail to meet national guidelines for both aerobic exercise and muscle strengthening activity (American Heart Association 2013).