The research, commissioned by leading commercial property and real estate services advisor CBRE, shows that just one in six women (16.6 per cent) say they have regularly exercised since childhood compared to one in three men (36.2 per cent).
More than half of women say they have never taken regular exercise (59.3 per cent), compared to just a third of men (32.6 per cent).
On average, women who regularly exercise do so 48 times each year, just under once a week while men who exercise do so 65 times a year on average.
The findings chime with recent research from Sport England which found two million more men than women regularly exercise or play sport and that 75 per cent of women would like to do more.
“Taking part in sport not only has long-term health and well-being benefits but it also develops the so called ‘soft skills’ of communication, teamwork and confidence that over a lifetime will boost employability,” said Ciaran Bird, managing director of CBRE UK.
“There is a great opportunity for business to play a role in encouraging more children, particularly girls to engage in sport.
“This is why we are proud to be the principal partner of England Rugby’s All Schools programme that aims to create a positive legacy for one million children from a diverse range of backgrounds through rugby and its core values.”
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