A survey of nearly 1,000 college students found that men who have friends who exercise are more likely to exercise as well.
Researchers at Ohio State University, in an effort to determine what motivates young adults to exercise and keep exercising after college, also found that women were more likely to be active if they were raised in an active family.
But family support, which may be provided at a distance while students attend college, may be a weaker form of support than that of peer-group support.
This may also explain why college males are more likely to be active than their female counterparts (39 percent of men versus 26 percent of women surveyed were active at least three days per week).
Preventive Medicine, November 2000; 31, 5; 494-505
This appeared in ACE FitnessMatters, ACE's official magazine.
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