New research has revealed a surprising finding about Aussies’ exercise habits when it comes to one thing.
Australian men have more time than their partners for exercise, a new study has revealed.
Researchpublished in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, revealed the shocking extent of the exercise gap between the sexes, noting that 28% of women reported doing three physical activities a week compared to 34% of their male partners.
The researchers concluded that “hour by hour, paid or unpaid, women’s physical activity is constrained by their use of time in ways that men are not.”
“Although men generally spend more hours at work than women … this buys them less and different types of family work.” the researchers wrote.
Professor Lyndall Strazdins, co-author of the study from Australian National University, said women’s physical activity decreased by more than 6% each time their family or paid working hours increased, compared with the decline in 2% of men.
“We want women to work the same way, but we are not allowing them to do it and they are reducing their health.” she said.
Professor Strazdins said longer working hours for men “have almost no effect on their time to be active and stay healthy.”
“When men have jobs, they reduce the time they spend at home for care. But when women have jobs, they don’t, ”she said.
“What it tells you is that men’s jobs actually buy them from family work, and time passes to women.
The study also highlights that men take on more family and paid work commitments per week, while women reported longer family work hours and less control over their working time.
The researchers drew from over 7,000 Australian families made up of heterosexual couples between the ages of 25 and 64.
Originally published as Men have more time for exercise than women, a new study finds