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Strong Body, Strong Mind

Posted by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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All bodies are different from birth, and beautiful in their own way. We moms know that, but when girls are growing and everything is changing, a lot, and in some awkward ways, it is definitely NOT easy to always feel confident or at ease. One simple, surefire way to continue to support and foster confidence in young women in your life is to help them feel strong, in body and in mind, no matter what age or shape they are. And, thanks to so many highly popular TV series like "The Biggest Loser," we all know now that it IS possible to become healthy and strong no matter what sort of shape we start from. All it takes is some dedication, consistency and effort to achieve both physical and mental strength.

For kids and teens, it is usually pretty easy to find a sport or team activity that they love, if they look for it. Helping them seek out, join and then continue whatever physical activity they might feel passionate about, and that makes them strong, will definitely foster strength of mind and character too. (If they are shy or having trouble finding such opportunities, help them by looking through local newspapers or town websites with them, visiting your community centers, joining a gym with fun teen and kids classes like the local YMCA or whatever you have nearby. If that fails, take them to a sporting goods store and let them try a few things to see what feels fun, like a mountain bike, roller blades, a Frisbee even. You can get in shape and build a team around any activity!)

When your girls feel strong and know they are good or even great at something, and that they can achieve something with their own body, like score goals or jump real high or dance well, they will feel more confident, more at ease, stronger and more capable than if they did not have those skills and that strength. No matter what their age.

Which strengthening sports or activities do you encourage and support in your daughters?

© Gerville

by on Jun. 28, 2013 at 11:03 AM
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by on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM
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Those are great ideas!  We have boys, but they like swimming the most.  I need to try and get them involved in other activities.

by on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM
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I absolutely agree that we need to encourage girls to make their bodies strong.  I teach fitness classes at the YMCA and I encourage kids to come to my classes with their mothers. 

My daughter does spin class and BodyCombat classes with me.  She is also on the swim league, which involves an hour of non stop swimming 4 days a week, with swim meets on the weekends.  We bike ride, scooter, walk,etc.

by Silver Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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I work out & I'm also certified in body pump. My daughter is 9 & she says she's going to work out like I do when she gets a little older. I encourage it and can't wait because it will give us something to do together :) she loves to dance, sing, softball, and I encourage her to do all the things she wants to do & try! She isn't shy and she's outgoing and I absolutely love that about her. I was such a shy kid and I hated being like that.
by on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:45 AM

I don't have any daughters - but if I did, I would encourage them to find something they like to do.  For the most part, I wouldn't care what it is, just so they had a sport or physical activity they liked.

by Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Swimming, dancing, whatever she wants to try.

by Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 11:20 AM

My daughter is only 2.

by Sue on Jul. 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM
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My youngest dd did volleyball for a while and so did my niece. I thing that being on a team can boost a girl's self confidence.

by Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 2:32 PM

My daughter likes gymnastics.

by on Jul. 5, 2013 at 3:49 PM

My dd likes softball.

by Bronze Member on Jul. 5, 2013 at 4:06 PM

My older two love cheering (which is quite a workout for anyone on a competition team) and running  and my youngest loves basketball and soccer.  Activity isn't a problem.

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