As women have entered the workforce, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has warned about the need to be more active, even when working out.
In its “Work Out in the Workplace: What It Means to be Active” report, published Wednesday, the group noted that women work out less than men, particularly in their first few years of training.
They’re also less likely to achieve their full health and fitness potential by continuing to exercise in their 40s, 50s and 60s.
The report also said that while some women may not have been able to gain the health benefits of long-term exercise, others may be able to benefit from the time they can spend in the gym.
And as they get older, they may also find that they need to work out more to maintain their health.
The ACSM’s study found that among women in their early 20s and 30s, one-third had a “significant” increase in their physical activity level, with a total of 11 percent of women in those groups experiencing a change of more than 30 percent in their health and well-being.
Women who exercised for five to 10 minutes a day had the highest levels of physical activity, with women who exercised an average of 20 minutes per week doing the most.
Women also spent more time on the treadmill than men and more time in their car and in the park, with more than 50 percent of men and 50 percent, women, spending more time outdoors.
“The research clearly shows that the most important thing is the physical activity that you’re doing,” said Dr. Sarah Wojcicki, an associate professor of health care at the University of Southern California.
“It’s not the amount of time you’re walking, it’s the quality of the physical exercise you’re engaging in.
Women’s health, including physical inactivity, is a key concern of the ACSM, Wojccicki said.
The group also cited evidence showing that women who are obese or have diabetes are more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.
Women are also more likely than men to suffer from lower levels of mental health and psychological well-functioning.
Women who are physically active have higher rates of depression, anxiety and fatigue than men who are inactive, according to the report.
The researchers also found that physical inattention and a lack of mental flexibility were more common among men and women than men of the same age.
While women’s physical health has improved over time, they’re still more likely now than ever to have health problems, including a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according the ACM report.”
A lot of this research is looking at health behaviors and health outcomes and we’re just starting to get to the biological underpinnings of health,” Wojczicki added.”
Women should work on improving their mental health to help them get into the right type of physical and mental health training and support.
“The report, titled “Working Out to Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Get Better: A Summary of Evidence,” is available at the ACMM website.
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