Teaching girls at a young age the importance of strengthening the body will not only encourage a healthy lifelong lifestyle, but it will prevent mental issues such as anxiety and depression. We have seen a rise in mental disorders with the introduction of social media, so a great counterbalance to screen time is body time!
At What Age Can Girls Start to Strength Train?As early as a toddler you can put your child into sports such as gymnastics. A true story from one of my momma clients:
“ I was watching my 3 year old daughter with her gymnastics coach as the coach put her through a series of monkey bars, balancing jumps, summersaults, cartwheels, bear crawls and more! I thought to myself - Wow, she is doing similar things as I do at the gym with you! “
This is entirely correct. Sometimes when I am coaching my adult clients I often get reminded of the fun ‘play’ I used to do in gym class or in dance class! Regardless of what it is called, it’s essentially body work!
The rule of thumb is, as long as the child can take direction and has the maturity to complete the exercises with control and body awareness, he/she can start strength training.
Top Strength Training Exercises for Girls: The below exercises are a great place to start. Using just bodyweight. Remember to keep it fun and light. Never make exercise a chore or a discipline.
If you want your child to grow up understanding the importance of over body and mental health, ensure to promote positive strength training from a young age.
Feeling weak, anxious and unconnected to my body lead me to start exercising. I joined a dance class once a week and after every dance class I had a glow about me, and it wasn't just from the sweat that I built up in class, it was something more. I realized it was the endorphins that were being produced from the physical activity I was doing. That was 13 years ago. Since then I have devoted my career life to helping other humans, like yourself, kick butt in their health and fitness goals. If you're looking for a helping hand or not even knowing where you should start... I would be more than honoured to help!