Mirroring Women's Poor Body Image

by Diane Lofshult on Jan 01, 2004

Fitness facility managers, you may want to think before outfitting your group exercise room with floor-to-ceiling mirrors on the wall: Doing so may lead your members to bemoan that they are not the fairest of them all.

A recent study published in Health Psychology (2003; 22 [4]) found that a mirrored exercise environment can contribute to negative body image concerns among inactive women. Participants performed a 20-minute exercise bout in front of either a mirrored or a nonmirrored wall. Regardless of the subjects’ levels of body dissatisfaction, those who exercised in front of a mirror reported feeling worse afterward than those who exercised with no mirror.

The researchers concluded that these results “have implications for promoting exercise among sedentary women.” >

IDEA Health Fitness Source, Volume 2005, Issue 1

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Diane Lofshult IDEA Author/Presenter

Diane Lofshult is an award-winning freelance author who specializes in nutrition and weight management topics. She is the founder of In Other Words, an editorial consulting firm based in Solana Beach,...