Here’s why women exercise less than men, and the reasons are alarming


To arrive at these results, the Injep (National Institute of Youth and Popular Education) questioned 12,000 people during its survey entitled « The obstacles to the practice of French people with little or no sports: heterogeneous situations ».

Fragile health, loneliness, cost …

Two thirds of French people who do not practice sport are women. They are often over 50, less educated, and  » from more precarious socio-professional groups and have more modest educational capital », Underlines the Institute. The authors of the study explain these figures for several reasons. First of all, fragile health (26%) with 28% of women who have a physically difficult job. Social difficulties (21%) do not allow them to practice, in particular the fact of not knowing anyone with whom to practice, or having difficulty bearing the gaze of others. For others, a lack of interest in sport, the cost and the inadequacy of the sporting offer hamper the practice.

The mental load involved

In 20% of cases, women confide a  » accumulation of professional, school and family constraints « .  » This group consists mainly of people aged 30 to 49 (52%), active (83%) more often exercising an executive or employee profession (42%) than in other families.. It is characterized by an over-representation of people in a couple (74%) and with one or more children (64%) », Explains the study. These figures show that men and women are not equal when it comes to the practice of sport. When women stop sport, it is often because they are starting a family life and they no longer have the time, the means or the mental strength to manage everything.

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