“But the men stop what they’re doing and look at you with a smug smile and that bums me out so much. I won’t stop running up and down that thing just because they’re staring at me as if what I’m doing is out of the ordinary or unladylike.F*** that.” Goulding doesn’t let it get her down - but that’s probably because she’s a famous pop star. Friends tell me the thought of men staring at them has put them off trying anything but the treadmill in the gym.Some avoid the place altogether because they feel embarrassed by men seeing them in tight lycra.
Large companies offer workout rooms in their buildings, big cities have one on every corner, and ‘at the gym’ is now even a Whats App status.“I’ll run up and down [at my local gym] and not a lot of women would do that,” she told Women’s Health.“And least of all me because I don’t want to draw attention to myself at the best of times.But the men tell me that’s 'just the way it is', and women are going to have to get used to it. “Guys around girls wearing less clothing will always look a little bit.
I don’t know how that can ever stop.” The only consolation according to Walker and Durkin?
That if you're a woman struggling to exercise, the men won’t laugh at you – they’ll just pity you.