Navigation Links
Are Male Marathoners More Competitive Than Women?
Date:4/17/2010

Men cite faster times as the goal, while females hope to 'feel good,' study found

SATURDAY, April 17 (HealthDay News) -- Women run marathons to feel good while men run for competition and to achieve personal goals, a new study suggests.

The research included 507 female and 399 male first-time marathoners, ages 18 to 72, who completed an online questionnaire designed to reveal the participants' motivation for taking part in the long-distance running event.

Overall, the reasons most often given for taking part in a marathon were: self-esteem, such as "to feel proud of myself"; achievement of personal goals, such as "to finish the race in a certain time"; and health, such as "to improve my health."

Women were more likely to give reasons related to weight concerns, psychological coping, such as "to improve my mood," or life meaning, such as "to feel at peace with the world." Men were more likely to give reasons focused on competition and personal goal achievement, such as "to see how high I can place."

"We also asked the participants whether they planned on doing another marathon," study author Elizabeth Loughren, of the University of Birmingham in England, said in a news release. She conducted the study while at Temple University in Philadelphia.

About "70 percent of women and 79 percent of men told us they intended to run another marathon within the next six months or year. The most popular reasons why were: 'to lower my finish time' (83 percent), 'to include the race as part of a vacation weekend' (74 percent), and 'to improve my training' (63 percent). Over 85 percent of males overwhelmingly cited to lower their finish time, whereas 79 percent of females did so," Loughren said.

The study was to be presented Friday at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society.

More information

The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute offers a guide to physical activity.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: British Psychological Society, news release, April 16, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Marathoners Face Greater Risk of Artery Problems
2. Marathoners Face Greater Risk of Artery Stiffness
3. Ursa Brings Out ahm's Competitive Side
4. ReportsandReports : The Gastrointestinal Market Outlook to 2014: Market Dynamics, Competitive Landscape, Emerging Therapies
5. Bariatricfurnishings.com Launches Unique Eco-friendly Seating for Health Care, Hospitality, Assisted Living Centers, and Home Use at Competitive Prices
6. Reportlinker Adds The Future of Respiratory Diseases Therapeutics - Market Forecasts to 2015, Competitive Benchmarking, Product Pipeline and Deals Analysis
7. Reportlinker Adds The Future of Cardiovascular Diseases Therapeutics - Market Forecasts to 2015, Competitive Benchmarking, Product Pipeline and Deals Analysis
8. Reportlinker Adds The Future of Autoimmune Diseases Therapeutics - Market Forecasts to 2015, Competitive Benchmarking, Product Pipeline and Deals Analysis
9. Reportlinker Adds The Future of Central Nervous System Diseases Therapeutics - Market Forecasts to 2015, Competitive Benchmarking, Product Pipeline and Deals Analysis
10. Reportlinker Adds The Future of Monoclonal Antibodies - Market Forecasts to 2015, Competitive Benchmarking, Product Pipeline and Deals Analysis
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Launching ... innovative Unified Instance Manager architecture, meeting the needs of multichannel growth and ... the unattended auto-dialing system without agents, Presence Robodialer, provides greater operational capacity, ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... STAT courier ... to be a convenient service for Texas, they are expanding their presence in Dallas. ... a hiring spree that will bring new jobs to the Dallas and Forth Worth ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Care Act. Dr. Botelho advocates for the mass media launching of story movements ... ongoing opportunities to share their unfortunate experiences; such a movement can generate the ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Dianne Michael ... headquartered in Hamilton County, is embarking on a charity drive with the aim ... new homes for orphaned or neglected senior dogs in the Cincinnati region, and ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Myers, FL (PRWEB) , ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... serves business owners and families in and around the Cape Coral area, is embarking ... Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. , The Harry Chapin Food Bank of ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016 Australia Ophthalmic Lasers Market ... "Australia Ophthalmic Lasers Market Outlook to 2022", provides key ... report provides value, in millions of US dollars, volume ... - Excimer Lasers, Femtosecond Lasers and YAG Lasers. ... data for each of these market segements, and global ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Dec. 8, 2016 KEY FINDINGS ... Patient warming ... of blood during surgeries, lowering the risks of neurological disorders ... of SSIs. The patient warming systems can be segmented into ... benefits in turn reduce the stay at hospitals thus, lowering ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016 Global ... report on the global interventional radiology market analyzes ... The report comprises an elaborate executive summary, including ... various segments and sub-segments. The research is ... research formed the bulk of our research efforts ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: