Why Do Men Exercise More Than Women?

April 16, 2012 9:10 am 5 comments

Perhaps it’s because men are more vain than women.  Or they could have more time on their hands.  Or maybe they just stick to it, when women punk out.  Whatev. An Oregon State University news release reports that when researchers tallied the exercise patterns of more than 1,000 men and women from a nationally represented sample, they found that women were getting only about 18 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise daily, while men averaged 30 minutes. How do they know the participants didn’t lie? The information came from accelerometers worn by the study group, not from their mouths. Why is it that men exercise more than women? Tell us in the comment space below.


  • Patricia ames

    I believe the study had a too limited number of participants. I can see from my outtings on the running path in Chicago that FARRRRRRRR more women are exercising–running, walking….than men.

  • In my neighborhood I see more women running which may explain why i like running also. Racquetball courts, weight room not so much with the ladies.

  • Guys get together and play team sports like basketball and volley ball. These games go on for 1-2 hours at a time 2-3 days a week for a total of 2-6 hours of vigorous excersize per week. Women who jog 30 minutes per day 5 days a week end up with 2.5 hours total at the end of the week.

  • I have always felt that it was easier for men to stick to exercising than women because of time and other commitments. Not always, but largely, its women picking up kids, running errands, cooking, helping with homework, etc. So they have to be there for those things becasue the rest of the crew/family is depending on them. I struggle to keep up with a consistent plan. I can get 1/2 of my workout at work, but by the time I get home to run, all the other plans as well as time of night run over my well laid plans.

  • In my opinion, whether men literally have more time, they simply take it. Women generally feel more obligated to do other things that serve the greater good. In my experience, women are not necessarily less vain but indeed less selfish and far more giving of themselves and their time and therefore, don’t take as much time for themselves.

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