January 17, 2013

Girls: No More Joint Pigout Sessions And More Joint Jogging

This New Year, hundreds of thousands of men and women will hit the gym as part of their New Year’s resolution. They get trainers, start a diet or healthy eating program, and begin a workout in order to lose weight, bulk up, and trim down. But studies show that men are more likely than women to stick to it. released study results on health habits. In almost all instances, men were more likely to stick to healthy diet and exercise than women. In fact, “according to Queendom’s research:

  • 26% of women admitted that they would temporarily break their resolution to eat healthier and opt for comfort food if they went through a stressful week at work, while only 18% of men would do this. 40% of men would look for healthier ways to reduce their stress, compared to 24% of women.
  • If pressured by a friend to “pig out” (after eating healthily for an entire week), 7% of women would totally give in, 46% would only share some of their friend’s junk food, and 47% would stay disciplined and eat healthy. For men, 8% would give in, 41% would share, and 51% would stay disciplined.
  • 65% of women said that they would be willing to join a gym by themselves, compared to 79% of men.
  • After being given a strict boot camp workout by a trainer, 23% of women said
  • they would stick to it faithfully, 62% said they would reduce the intensity and work out at a slower pace, and 14% said they would cut the workout by half, and put in less of an effort. 49% of men said they would stick to it, 41% said they would reduce the intensity, 10% said they would cut their workout by half.”

I have to say that I do not like one of those statistics. As a woman, I feel like we need to challenge ourselves and each other to commit to a healthy lifestyle. This means that we must also support each other in those endeavors, and we cannot enable and allow each other to persist in unhealthy diet habits. We must help each other to cut down on the junk food. We must energize each other to go for that walk, take that bike ride, do those laps, or join that aerobic/dance/cardio/yoga class.

Now that we know men are more likely to stick to their resolutions of healthier eating and exercise habits, women nationwide should use that to inspire themselves to do the same. It’s not just about a battle of the sexes (although if that gets any woman healthy, then she should use it.). This is about living happy and healthy lives, and committing to both of those.

We know that if we eat healthier and exercise, we will feel better about ourselves in terms of the health choices we make and the way we look. Naturally, this leads to feeling less stressed as well. Furthermore, exercising can help us deal with pent up emotions so that they don’t fester within us and lead to unnecessary outbursts and conflict. We cannot forget the heart, brain, and nutritional value of healthy eating and exercise. All of these should be enough to make any man or woman want to be healthier.

So, Ladies, let’s stick to our healthy eating and exercise plans. Let’s improve those statistics so that we are just as committed—if not more so—than the men of the world. Let’s all be happy and healthy.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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