He said the survey described him 3 out of the 5. And for the record, he is the saner of the two of us. Although that's kind of like saying Mel Gibson is saner than Charlie Sheen - it may be true but bragging rights are iffy. We're just crazy in different ways which is, frankly, a gift.
I'll tell you one major difference between men and women exercisers the survey missed though:
Skirts! (By the way, it was 28 degrees F at the start line, plus wind chill. I want extra credit for that. I couldn't feel my toes for the first half and had pins and needles for the second half.)
I'd also add that judging from the numbers in my cardio classes at my Y, I think women are more likely to do group fitness. As for cardio-loving, just from my own experience I would say that I have equal numbers of male and female runner/swimmer/biker friends. Strangely though, when I was looking at the stats from my race, out of 5,000+ runners only about 1,000 of those were men.
Guess Gym Hubby with all the Gym Buddies isn't such an odd sight!
The question for me isn't really whether or not women and men exercise differently - I'd guess we do, although perhaps not as differently as the stereotypes suggest - but rather are the differences meaningful? There have already been a lot of adjustments for women's perceived barriers to exercise. Curves gyms, women-only triathlons , and even books like my fave The Female Body Breakthrough by Rachel Cosgrove, exist for the sole purpose of helping women train to their gender. Is this a good thing? Does it get more women to exercise and try different kinds of exercise? If so, then perhaps these stereotypes serve a good purpose.
I'm super interested to know how you guys ranked on the 5 survey statements above! How do you feel about women vs. men exercise stereotypes - helpful or patronizing? Do you make any special concessions for your gender when you exercise (sports bras and/or jock straps - eek, hopefully not "and"! - not included)?
Race results and more pics below...
Wondering how I did on my 7K race ? Well I finished puke- and drug- free this time around ! I didn't set any speed records but I'm really proud of myself. I ran hard and had a great time! With a finish time of 37:19 I came in 69th out of the nearly 900 people in my age group, in the top 8% for all women and top 14% overall. And I couldn't be more proud of my super-fast crew:
Allison came in 39 seconds ahead of me at 36:40. I watched her shiny green butt cross the finish line in style!
Megan beat me by 38 seconds with 36:41. Girl is so hardcore!
And Krista finished her first official race ever and ran the entire way (even to the porta-potty!) She also has by far the best finish line photo I've ever seen. Kudos to Allison for snapping this gem!
Gym Hubby crossed the finish line just behind Krista!
Written with love by Charlotte Hilton Andersen for The Great Fitness Experiment (c) 2011. If you enjoyed this, please check out my new book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything for more of my crazy antics and uncomfortable over-shares!