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If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen some Girls on the Run pictures popping up lately. When I said back in November that I was “sure I’d find a way” to get re-involved despite traveling for work, I was already internally committed to being a coach again, and I’ve been happily coaching a small team of girls for the past few months. When I leave our practices, I can’t help but feel so inspired and happy, and I always want to share the feelings with you all!
At Girls on the Run, we spend the season working up to an end-of-season 5K. Most of the girls can’t run for more than a minute or two when we start, so just completing the distance is a huge accomplishment. However, what the Girls on the Run program brings to the girls is so much more than just physical endurance. Each week, we have a lesson with corresponding activities, discussing everything from peer pressure to body image to the value of each person being unique. It is these messages, combined with the empowerment that running and physical activity brings, that I believe truly makes a difference in the girls’ lives.
There have been several studies investigating the impact of Girls on the Run on the participants, and they show that girls have higher physical activity levels, higher physical activity commitment, higher self-esteem, are more satisfied with their bodies, exercise more, and feel more supported in exercise after just one season of Girls on the Run! (My Chicago team, trying on some of my medals to get excited)
While Girls on the Run is an amazing program, it’s certainly not the only way to get these results – and more! – for your kids. Any type of physical activity will do! I shared research concluding that fitter kids had better scores on memory tests in my post called “7 Tips for Staying Fit With Your Kids.” The Girl Scouts of America did a fantastic study (full of tons of helpful info if you’re into this stuff!) that concluded that “girls who are more physically active are more satisfied with how they look and how much they weigh, regardless of their actual weight.” There are numerous studies to show that physically active kids are less likely to be obese in adulthood, are more confident, perform better in school, sleep better, and so much more!
For all these reasons, I want to highlight a new study published in Pediatrics and reported by the BBC. The study concluded that children are “not ‘just naturally active,'” but that parents must play a role in developing their children’s fitness habits. In fact, the activity levels of the children in the study and their mothers were “directly linked.”
So, if you are a parent, let this serve as another reminder to encourage your kids to move! Whether it’s signing them up for Girls on the Run, a team sport, a dance class, or any other activity, going on a walk with the family after dinner, or dancing around in your living room, make it fun and make it happen. Your kids will thank you (if not directly, at least via their dramatically-improved future health). If you’re looking or ideas on how to fit in fitness with your kids, head back to this post.
myMix Giveaway winners!
Congratulations to the myMix winners! I’m very happy that Random.org selected two of my blogger friends, Lisa and Sara! Both will get a coupon code for a free 10-serving custom blend of myMix. I’ll email you shortly, and you’ll have 48 hours to respond.
Good news for everyone who did not win the giveaway … the myMix founders have graciously agreed to extend our giveaway through SUNDAY instead of Friday! So if you still want to get in on the 15% off action, head over to myMix and get yours!
So tell me in the comments … If you have kids, do you find that exercise improves other aspects of their lives besides just physical fitness? If you don’t have kids, were you active as a child, and how do you think this impacted you?