Are you self conscious about your body weight? If so, trust me, you aren’t alone.
A recent survey done by the United Kingdom mental health organization has surveyed 1,450 women 30 years and older, about how they exercise. A staggering 90% of those women feel uncomfortable working out outdoors.
90 percent. How crazy is that?
The survey found that 71% preferred being alone and eating comfort food rather than exercising, 66% would rather go to bed, and 57% enjoyed social exercise rather than physical exercise. Yet of the group, 98% were aware of the physical and emotional benefits that exercising outdoors offered.
This survey made me wonder, if you’re reluctant to exercise when it’s sunny and warm outside, how willing are you to exercise at all?
Here are some reasons for why women felt ashamed to exercise outdoors:
- Women felt uneasy about being able to keep up with a group.
- They were worried about negative reactions that their bodies would have to the environment (i.e. sweating, being out of breath).
- 2/3 of the group only wanted to exercise in locations where they would not be seen by anyone that they know.
- 67% reported that they felt they needed to wear baggy clothes in an attempt to hide their bodies.
Steve Bordley, CEO of TrekDesk Treadmill Desks, a company designed to help women celebrate their bodies, had this to say:
“The images of perfect body women needs to be replaced with active women of all shapes and sizes that are up and moving. Active people are much healthier regardless of weight and this message, though proven in research is not yet mainstream in society.”
Are you intimidated by the outdoors?