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Is 'fit' a feminist issue? Dilemmas for exercise psychology

Mutrie, N. and Choi, P.Y.L. (2000) Is 'fit' a feminist issue? Dilemmas for exercise psychology. Feminism and Psychology, 10 (4). ISSN 0959-3535

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Exercise psychologists are interested in how to promote adherence to physical activity in different segments of the population, and in the health outcomes, both physiological and psychological, from involvement in exercise (Mutrie, 1995). The current consensus is that appropriate levels of physical activity can reduce depression and anxiety and increase psychological well-being, and that people with physically active lifestyles tend to live longer and have a decreased risk of coronary heart disease, colon cancer and diabetes (Pate et al., 1995). In addition, Choi and Mutrie (1997) have suggested that there are particular ways, associated with reproductive function, in which involvement in physical activity and exercise could be particularly beneficial for women.