Did you know that the five most popular activities to participate in are walking (19%) swimming (17%), visiting the gym (10%), recreational cycling (5%), and road running and jogging (including athletics) (4%).
Tessa Jowell, Meg Munn, Jo Swinson and Barbara Keeley are among a team of twelve leading female MPs and MSPs taking part in a fitness scheme launched by the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation. The three month programme will see the MPs juggle their busy schedules to follow a tailored exercise plan and help demonstrate how busy women can fit exercise into their lives.
The WSFF's It's time report found 81% of women aren't doing enough sport or exercise to benefit their health, with busy lifestyles cited as a key reason behind the inactivity. To help prove that work, rest and exercise can run alongside each other, a team of twelve female MPs and MSPs have agreed to reshuffle their diaries to take part in a three month exercise programme, sponsored by Scottish Widows. All of the participants have committed to follow a tailored exercise plan, including twice weekly one-to-one fitness sessions at their local gyms.
As well as sweating it out, the MPs will note and feedback their experiences throughout the project. It's hoped that the highs and lows of their journey will help deepen the understanding of the issue at a time when the government is conducting a review of its physical activity strategy.
Commenting on the initiative Tessa Jowell, Minister for the Olympics and London said: "As with most women my work schedule is hectic. By taking part in the WSFF programme I am hoping to improve my fitness and to prove to myself and other busy women that regular exercise can be incorporated into our lives. With London 2012 on the horizon it is the perfect time to encourage women to enjoy the benefits of a healthier lifestyle".