the role of place in the gendering of physical activity !!

the role of place in the gendering of physical activity !!
the role of place in the gendering of physical activity !!

Physical activity
may be a highly gendered health behaviour, with women less likely than men to satisfy internationally accepted physical activity guidelines. during this article, we take up recent arguments on the potential of indoor spaces to illuminate processes shaping health, along side social theories of gender, to conceptualize the place of the gym as a window into understanding and intervening in wider gender disparities in physical activity. 


employing a triangulated strategy of qualitative methods, including semi-structured interviews, drawing, and journaling with men and ladies during a mid-sized Canadian city, we examine how gender influences exercise practices and mobilities in gym environments.

 Results of our thematic analysis reveal three socio-spatial processes implicated within the gendering of physical activity: 

1) embodying gender ideals, 
2) policing gender performance, and 
3) spatializing gender relations. A fourth theme illustrates the situated agency some individuals enact to disrupt gendered divisions. Although women were unduly disadvantaged, both women and men experienced significant limitations on their gym participation thanks to the presiding gendered social context of the gym. 

Gender-transformative interventions that transcend engaging women to comprehensively deal with the place-based gender relations that sustain gender hegemony are needed. 

While gyms are potentially sites for health promotion, they're also places where gendered inequities in health opportunities emerge.
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