Gender and the gym

New study looks at gender and the gym

Mohammad Abrar

You wake up, motivate yourself to pack your bags and finally head to the gym – something you've been meaning to do for a long time. But a new research study from Western shows that this is just a part of battle.

Once you’re in the gym, gender roles may impact how you behave and the types of exercises you choose to do. Stephanie Coen, a postdoctoral associate at the Human Environments Analysis Laboratory at Western University, conducts research on the impact of social context on health.

Her new study, "Exploring the role of place in the gendering physical activity" examines impact of gender on our behavior in the gym. She spoke to Radio Western about her research study.

Produced and written by Mohammad Abrar.