“Globally, women are less likely than men to get enough exercise: 57 percent of men ages 18 and over meet recommended aerobic activity levels, versus 49 percent of women, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. When it comes to the number of people who meet guidelines for both aerobic andmuscle-strengthening activity, the gap widens. (Further marginalized groups have it even worse—in a recent study, young black women were the least likely group to report any physical activity, and given the discriminatory policies trans and nonbinary people face in sports and gym environments, experts suspect their exercise participation rates are even lower.)

In my six years as a personal trainer, I’ve seen this firsthand. It’s more than a personal frustration—it’s a serious health equity issue. Research tells us that regular exercise is one of the most powerful things a person can do to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease: It lowers the risk of hypertension, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and numerous types of cancer. Exercise is also beneficial for mental health, and helps to build and maintain bone density, a concern especially relevant for women who are at greater risk for osteoporosis.”

Read more at Glamour.