Maria Hybholt

Maria Hybholt

Assistant professor

Primary fields of research

I study societal issues in relation to women's everyday life and physical activity - particularly with a focus on emotions, bodies, menopause, time pressure and health promotion. I am theoretically inspired by process sociology, sociology of emotions, sociology of the body and interactionism. I use qualitative methods (individual interviews, focus groups and observation) in my research. My research includes the following topics:

  • The significance of menopause for women's bodies and self-presentations.
  • Women's emotions and their management in relation to physical activity.     
  • Body ideals and embodiment through women's lives.      
  • The influence of health-promoting norms for women.
  • Time bind and management within women's everyday life

Current research

At the moment, I am working on two projects:

Women in Healthy Transition. An interdisciplinary research project which examines women's menopause by following women before, during and after menopause. The project is financed by Sygesikring "danmark", 2021-2026.

The time-pressed everyday life – the importance of work, family and leisure for a physically active lifestyle among women. A micro sociological study that investigates how physical (in)activity affects the everyday life of middle-aged women. The project is financed by the Ministry of Culture, Denmark, 2018-2020.

I am a member of the research group Sociological Research in Sport and Exercise (SoRSE).


I teach and supervise within the field of social sciences of sport and related topics at bachelor's and master's level. Primarily within the following areas:

  • Sport, body and media (bachelor course) which introduces several sociological perspectives, including Elias, Foucault, Goffman and Lupton.
  • Microsociology (lectures at master's level)       
  • General introductory sports theories with sociological relevance
  • Qualitative methods

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Psychological and social health outcomes of physical activity around menopause: A scoping review of research

    Hybholt, Maria, 2022, In: Maturitas. 164, p. 88-97 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearchpeer-review

  2. Published

    Exercise in the time bind of work and family. Emotion management of personal leisure time among middle-aged Danish women

    Hybholt, Maria, Ottesen, Laila Susanne & Thing, L. F., 2022, In: Leisure Studies. 41, 2, p. 231-246 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  3. Published

    The rationalization of leisure time - the scarcity of emotional excitement in a health promoting exercise intervention for women

    Hybholt, Maria & Thing, L. F., 2019, In: Annals of Leisure Research. 22, 4, p. 532-549 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  4. E-pub ahead of print

    Middle Aged Men in Lycra and the performative irony of watching Tour de France

    Wagner, Ulrik, Frydendal, Stine & Hybholt, Maria, 3 Jan 2023, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Communication and Sport.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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