Women Are More Likely to Exercise If It Feels Like Play, Not Work

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Everyone likes to have fun, and a new survey reveals many women would participate in more physical activites if it felt less like work and more like play.

The survey commissioned by the American Cancer Society finds 40 percent of women saying they would be more physically active in their free time if it didn’t feel like work.

Additional findings:

-- Women are 10 percent less likely than men to make time for physical activites they enjoy.
-- 63 percent of women say they engage in physical activity that they enjoy because it’s good for their mind.
-- 75 percent participate in physical activity because they feel it’s good for their physical fitness, while 38 percent do it to spend more time with family and friends.

The survey involved 1,011 American adults.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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