July 4, 2022

Why don’t women play sports?

According to a recent study by Injep, women still do too little sport in France. How to explain this sedentary lifestyle? Response elements.

We are beginning to know that playing sports (or at least practicing regular physical activity) is excellent for both body and mind. Sedentary lifestyle, on the other hand, is a risk factor for many chronic diseases – diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure …

On the same subject

Yes, but here it is: according to a survey published this Friday, November 19, 2021 by the National Institute of Youth and Popular Education (Injep), sport is far from being obvious to everyone. Thereby, “in 2020, a quarter of people aged 15 and over living in France had little or no physical activity or sport“in the space of 12 months. Worse: 11% of the 12,000 people questioned did not do any physical activity during the whole year …

Mental load, health and loneliness affect women’s physical activity

And the majority of these non-athletes (63%, to be precise), are women, often over the age of 50 and less qualified than the national average.

Sedentary lifestyle of women: how to explain these figures? For 26% of women who practiced little or no sport in 2020, the reason is mainly physical since they claim to suffer from “poor or very poor health“. In 21% of cases, it is loneliness which is a brake on sports activity since they describe”sociability difficulties“.

Finally, 20% of sedentary and non-athletic women describe a “accumulation of professional, school and family constraints“… The mental load also harms personal well-being: how do you find the time to go for a walk, swim or run when you have to take care of children, cleaning, cooking etc.?

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