Women are more likely to suffer from diabetes and depression than men as they are getting half the amount of exercise compared to their male counterparts.
Researchers from Oregon State University were looking into the link between physical activity, depression and metabolic syndrome and recruited more than 1,000 men and women for the study.
However they found that there was a marked difference between the amounts of exercise between the genders with women getting just 18 minutes of exercise a day compared to 30 minutes among men.
The researchers concluded in their report, published in the journal Preventive Medicine, that women were more likely to develop "metabolic syndrome" which is characterized by high blood pressure, high cholesterol and excess weight in the middle portion of the body.
"The results indicate that regular physical activity participation was associated with positive health outcomes for both men and women; however, there was a greater strength of association for women", lead researcher Paul Loprinzi said.