The biggest influence of all on a child’s activity levels is their own family, as found by Women In Sport, who carried out a study with the Institute of Youth Sport Families. So finding fun ways to exercise as a family is really important and even more so if you have a daughter/s. They found that in the UK, by the age of eight, fewer girls are already taking part in sport than boys, and by 14 to 15 years old, boys are twice as active as girls. This was put down to a lack of role models, social norms about femininity, lack…

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