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Outdoor exercise embarrassing for 9 out of 10 women

Summary

The fear of looking unattractive is causing a majority of British women to worry about outdoor exercise.

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The fear of looking unattractive is causing a majority of British women to worry about outdoor exercise. A study by the mental health charity Mind discovered that nine out of ten are concerned about doing exercise in public because of how they think it makes them look to others, reportedexpress.co.uk. As a result, many are deciding to keep fit in their house instead. More than half of the ladies said they do their exercise at home, which could include people utilising a garden gym as opposed to a room in the main part of their house. Beth Murphy, head of information at Mind, urged women to support each other in their exercise plans, as it can help ease body confidence issues. In her opinion, many people feel like they are alone in not wanting to go to a public gym or step outside, but there are actually lots of individuals who feel this way. In fact, Independent.co.uk published the story of a woman who was urged to visit the gym as part of a therapy programme. Tracey Bell, 38, found the exercise environment at her local gym to be "cliquey" and "hated every minute" of the time she spent there. Ms Bell would time her trips to the activity centre so that she was seen by as few people as possible, since everyone seemed to be "thinner, fitter and better at exercise" than her.

Author:

Paul Smithson

23rd April 2012