Women say breasts a barrier to exercise

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QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:17 PM ET

Nearly one in five women say their breasts stop them from exercising, a new British study has found.

Breasts came in fourth on a list of excuses women use for not exercising, behind lack of energy, time constraints and health reasons.

Many of the women in the study said they avoid working out because they can't find the right bra and are embarrassed by "excessive breast movement."

The researchers at the University of Portsmouth found 17% of the 239 women surveyed were discouraged from getting physically active because of their breasts.

"I expected the findings to show that breasts are a barrier but I was quite surprised at the percentage -- it was higher than I thought," researcher Emma Burnett said in a press release.

"One third of women in the study were not meeting physical activity guidelines, but improving breast health awareness may help to encourage participation for these women."

The study appears online in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health.


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