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Fewer women exercise regularly

Women are half as likely to have carried out regular exercise since childhood than men, a survey has found.

Just one in six women (17%) questioned said they have regularly exercised since childhood, compared to more than one in three men (36%).

Well over half of women said they have never taken regular exercise (59%), compared to just a third of men (33%).

On average, women who regularly exercise said they do so 48 times each year, while for men the figure was higher at 65 times a year.

The poll, which questioned more than 2,000 UK adults, was commissioned by property company CBRE, principal partner of England Rugby's All Schools programme.

CBRE UK managing director Ciaran Bird said: "Taking part in sport not only has long-term health and well-being benefits but it also develops the so-called 'soft skills' of communication, teamwork and confidence that over a lifetime will boost employability."


From Belfast Telegraph