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Working Moms Get Less Exercise

Working mothers are at risk for low levels of physical activity.

Working moms and physical activity

American working mothers are at risk for low levels of physical activity, according to a study by Baylor University researchers. Less than half of mothers in a sample of 334 working women met recommended guidelines for physical activity. Meeting guidelines was associated with better quality of life and greater work productivity (as rated by the women themselves).

The study is available in Women’s Health (2020; doi:10.1177/1745506520929165).

See also: Reaching Millennial Moms


Shirley Eichenberger-Archer, JD, MA

Shirley Archer, JD, MA, is an internationally acknowledged integrative health and mindfulness specialist, best-selling author of 16 fitness and wellness books translated into multiple languages and sold worldwide, award-winning health journalist, contributing editor to Fitness Journal, media spokesperson, and IDEA's 2008 Fitness Instructor of the Year. She's a 25-year industry veteran and former health and fitness educator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, who has served on multiple industry committees and co-authored trade books and manuals for ACE, ACSM and YMCA of the USA. She has appeared on TV worldwide and was a featured trainer on America's Next Top Model.

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