Victorian women are more likely to exercise in a flexible, casual environment than commit to organised club sport, a new survey reveals.
The TeamUp initiative has now ended.
The survey of 1020 Victorians aged 18 and over, which was conducted by VicHealth and Griffith University’s Social Marketing @ Griffith reveals that men participate more in organised activities such as cricket and Australian Rules football, while more women participate in flexible, less formal types of physical activity.
As a result, VicHealth is encouraging Victorians to team up to get back in the habit of being active and join activities that suit their lifestyle, via the free VicHealth TeamUp app, which has been updated with new features to make it easier than ever to use. Victorians can get involved by simply downloading the app or visiting www.teamup.com.au, an online version of the app.
TeamUp is a social community that connects users with activities in their local area.
VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said she hoped TeamUp would help motivate Victorians to overcome some of the most common barriers to staying active.
"VicHealth is committed to tackling the tough issues to address the physical and mental wellbeing of Victorians, including rising obesity levels. Our H30 Challenge is essential to reducing Victorians’ intake of excess kilojoules through sugary drinks, while our Walk to School campaign is a great initiative to get children moving, and our TeamUp app is a social tool which connects adults and groups to a wide range of physical activities within their local community.
"We know that time constraints and being locked into a regular schedule can make it difficult for many Victorians to maintain an ongoing fitness regime. We also know how hard it can be to motivate yourself to get active, but TeamUp makes it fun and social by connecting people with others in your area. It’s a social network for getting active, so it’s great for your physical health and mental wellbeing."
The survey showed that both men and women enjoy walking, running, and weight training, but that compared to men, women are significantly more likely to participate in aerobics (25.6% vs 16.6%), yoga (11.3% vs 2.9%) and swimming (11.5% vs 8.2%).
"In Victoria, statistics show that four times as many women (44%) are choosing to participate in casual or more flexible activities compared to organised physical activity, for example through a sports club (9%). Women are finding it increasingly difficult to get involved in exercise for a variety of reasons – from caring for children to cost or not having someone to exercise with. This new data confirms that compared to men, women prefer activities like swimming and yoga and this highlights the need to create and promote more flexible exercise opportunities for women," Ms Rechter said.
From organised activities like soccer and netball to more recreational pursuits such as biking and walking groups and a range of dance styles, TeamUp features activities for all fitness levels and interests.