According to a UK study inexplicably commissioned by a "female car insurance company," women are more likely to enjoy exercise if they bring along a friend. Obvious, right? But then it gets weird.
Even though we've come to expect this type of nonsense from the Daily Mail, it was still a surprise to read their report of the survey. Some of the findings are inoffensive. The study asked 3,000 women questions about their exercise habits and their relationships, and found that 7 out of 10 women would rather exercise with a friend than go it alone. They also found that 50% of social exercisers admitted to talking non-stop during the work-out (bitches be talking, amiright?).
And then there is this: "But the poll shows dieting and exercising with a friend isn't all about improving relationships — for some it's a fashion contest." Apparently, a third of women always buy themselves a new exercise outfit to train with a friend for the first time, and the same proportion (we're tempted to think the same women) also always wear makeup. The director of the aforementioned female car insurance company explains:
Women wouldn't be women if they didn't pay some attention to their appearance before exercising with a friend.
Girls like to look their best at all times, whether it's in the gym, in the pub or at work, and there's no reason why we can't combine a bit of fitness with a bit of glamour - who knows who you might bump into.
Hear that? You are not a woman if you, like me, exercise in men's boxer shorts and a wine-stained t-shirt. While there is nothing wrong with wearing makeup, even at the gym, the Daily Mail's report makes it sound as though the study included as many stereotypical lady-things as possible. Diet, girlfriends, weight loss, fashion, and makeup are all included - but nary a mention of actual fitness. But we suppose muscle mass and lung capacity is not nearly as sexy as cute outfits and mascara.
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