Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise but, as women up and down the country are proving, it really doesn’t have to.
Millions of women and girls have been inspired to get active by Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign.
Research from Nov 2015 showed that 2.8 million 14-40 year old women who recognise the campaign say they’ve done some /more activity as a result, 1.6 million of whom say they’ve actually started exercising.
Sport England’s 'Active Lives' survey from Nov 2018 suggests that almost a quarter (22%, or 108k) of women in Surrey were officially classed as 'inactive', meaning they do less than 30 mins of physical activity per week. As this infographic illustrates, the good news is that 64% were 'active', doing more than 150 mins per week, but the inactive figure shows there are still plenty of people who would benefit from upping their exercise levels.
This Girl Can is a celebration of the active women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get.
It’s a national campaign developed by Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations, to inspire more women and girls to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.
This Girl Can - but Surrey women do...
There are plenty of examples of women making a difference to themselves or others by getting into sport across Surrey. Read about just some of them here, and take inspiration from their stories:
Kym made the move from inactive desk jockey to vowing to undertake a 10km run every month.
Audrey excelled at a new sport which got her out and dong gentle exercise, at the young age of 92.
Coach for Surrey Smashers badminton. Hayley Adcock, tells us what inspires her to help others
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