It seems there’s a deep rooted reason why we don’t want to workout and it has nothing to do with being tired and busy – it goes all the way back to our childhood.
Women are being put off exercise for life by their school PE lessons, a study has found.
Secondary school classes are the ones most likely to affect girls and it’s competitive classmates, grubby changing rooms and embarrassment of getting sweaty in front of the boys that leaves us likely to hit the gym.
A survey found that more than half of school age girls said their PE lessons had put them off doing any exercise at all.
Sue Tibballs, of the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation, which carried out the study, explained to the Mail Online:
“If only activities on offer are competitive sports like netball and hockey you are going to have whole swathes of girls who feel pushed out and don’t want to exercise.
“That continues into their adulthood.”
She also warned that teachers were finding it difficult to get pupils enthused by sport because girls were ‘worried about their hair and nails.’
“It’s also hard because there aren’t many sporting role models for girls. While boys grow up dreaming of playing for England, women’s sports tends to get pushed out.”
During the study, 1,500 school-age boys and girls were questioned about how often they played sport and their attitude to PE lessons.
The results revealed girls tended to become less and less positive about sport as they grew older, with many blaming secondary school PE lessons for putting them off.