Throughout the month of May WSF is joining in celebrating and advocating for National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, something we believe should be celebrated all year long. Through our research we know that when girls participate in sports they are not only living healthier but they are learning important life lessons.
Your collegiate athletic career is over. Your identity is no longer synonymous with your sport. New coworkers, roommates and passersby alike ask you what it must have been like to play collegiate ball. And while we all had diverse and unique experiences as athletes in college, what we all have in common is a structured youth. But now you don’t have that.
As we get older, it becomes increasingly more important that we pay attention to chronic diseases and staying healthy at all ages, giving special attention to mental diseases that have a greater risk with age. The good news is that we may already have part of the key to prevention — staying active.
Meet i-tri, one of 22 grantee organizations who were selected to receive our Sports 4 Life grant, and hear from program leaders, parents and girls on how sport is making a difference in their lives. Sports 4 Life is a national effort to increase the participation and retention of African-American and Hispanic girls, ages 11-18, in developmental youth sports programs.
We all know sports are good for our bodies and help us learn important life lessons, but do we know about the impact of sports participation on decreasing the risk of teen substance abuse? There are many aspects to substance abuse and the areas we will focus on here are smoking, smokeless tobacco and illicit drug use using our research report ‘Her Life Depends On It III’.
It’s surprisingly easy for women athletes to lose their focus when training ends, plans change, bodies change, life happens. What does exercise mean to you when it’s not instrumental to hitting a specific target? Why should you drive yourself to work out when the pain is there but the gain isn’t clear? What’s your motivation now?
You’ve heard the health-and-fitness message your whole life: “To get healthy and fit, and stay that way, you need regular exercise—preferably, an intense workout three or four times a week for at least 40 minutes.” Incredibly, by just changing the message, we can transform this vicious cycle of failure into a sustainable cycle of success. So let’s change the message now!
If watching a 92 year old woman finish a marathon this past May was not inspiration enough the Senior Olympics were a guarantee to ignite the fire within and encourage you to get out and get moving. A recent study of participants in the Senior Olympics, also known at the National Senior Games, found that the athletes’ fitness ages are typically 20 years or more younger than their chronological age.
In today’s world, adolescent girls are bombarded with a constant influx of images of external beauty, which can cause them to question themselves and how they should look, but what they need are the strong, confident, healthy female athlete role models. Peer pressure is difficult for girls of all ages but female athletes can help offset that by encouraging girls to participate in sports and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.
We’ve got a surefire way to improve your GPA this semester or your performance at work during these long, cold winter months. It doesn’t involve a quick fix or a miracle drug or a revolutionary new technique. All it takes is a little old-fashioned physical activity – an idea we’ve believed in all along and an one that science is beginning to prove more and more.