Most women are reluctant to exercise outside because they are worried about looking unattractive in their exercise gear. That’s according to results of a charity poll, which looks at body confidence and self esteem.
Mental health charity Mind point out that exercising outdoors is often prescribed as a therapy to boost mood - but fear of being seen red in the face was a concern for 60% of those polled, while 50% of the 1,450 women said they did not want to be spotted in daylight, so exercise early morning or late at night.
"We all know walking, cycling, even gardening are good for our mental health," said Beth Murphy, the head of information at Mind. "However, for many of us, exercising outdoors can be incredibly daunting, especially if you are already feeling low and your self-confidence is at rock bottom.
" We urge women to take the first step, invite a friend on a nature date and begin to support each other in taking care of our mental wellbeing."