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Potential Barriers to Physical Activity28 Lesbian-specific Barriers to Physical Activity

General Barriers to Physical Activity

Intrapersonal      

Lack of time Caregiving responsibilities Laziness or lack of motivation Physical body limitations Distractions at home Lack of opportunity for women

 Level of sexual orientation public

disclosure  Lesbian subculture acceptance of larger body type

Interpersonal  Lack of others’ acceptance of a lesbian  Lack of an exercise partner  Lack of social support  Uncomfortable exercising around other

sexual orientation  Lack of out lesbians in certain physical

activity opportunities  Lack of desire to participate on sport

people

teams comprised of primarily lesbians Institutional  Lack of the acceptance of lesbian  Work-related issues  Lack of role models in the family

sexual orientation by religious institutions or the military  Fitness facilities not allowing family memberships for lesbians

Community/Public Policy  Safety issues (violence and

physical/built environment)  Too many stoplights on street intersections

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 Lack of lesbian sport teams or physical

activity opportunities in community  Lack of fitness facility membership

coverage within workplace domestic partner benefits

Brittain, D, Baillargeon, T, et al (2006). Barriers to moderate physical activity in adult lesbians. Women’s Health http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17050486

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