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August 08, 2019

3 ways active women positively influence their families

Active women make a significant impact on society – and when moms are active, communities are stronger. Sport at its best unites communities, encourages active citizenship and strengthens a sense of belonging. 

Here are some ways women who are active improve the lives of those around them:

1. Role model. Most adults know that regular exercise and physical activity are the best way to keep their bodies healthy over the long-term. A recent Statistics Canada report, showed that when young girls see their mothers make fitness a priority, they tend to have a better sense of self and mimic active lifestyle habits from a young age. Children’s sport participation rate is higher (71 percent) than that of children whose mothers do not. 

2. Make healthier eating choices. As the primary purchaser for most households, women tend to be the decision-makers when it comes to food and meals. Active women tend to view food as more than a means to fulfill a craving, instead seeing it as the fuel that will take them further in sport and life. Starting with healthy active lifestyle choices at an early age can help ensure kids learn good, long-lasting habits. Research shows girls active in sports during adolescence and young adulthood are 20 percent less likely to get breast cancer later in life.

3. A sense of belonging. Women who participate in sports tend to be more social and part of their community. Sports participation is an asset to family dynamics, fostering communication and trust between parents and children. Being part of a team sports activity also helps nurture interaction, boost communication skills and build confidence for young girls. Mothers can foster their own interest and help their daughters find sports content and activities happening in local communities across Canada by tapping into online hubs like seewhatshecando.com.


Check out our Athlete Advisor, your online athletic business directory.  Find, rate and review programs, local community offerings and businesses that will help you do your thing.  

Connect with people who share your passion for moving. Explore events. Start a group. Check out our SWSCD Hub.

Look for advice, stories, news and more on our Active Living activity page.  

Tell us about how you love to move your body directly on our Discover blog or by using #seewhatshecando on social media and inspire others to get active. 


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