24 BENEFITS FOR GIRLS AND WOMEN TAKING PART IN SPORTS AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
2 Girls and women who play sports have a more positive body image than girls and women who don’t participate.
3 Girls who participate in sports have higher self-esteem and pride in themselves.
4 Research suggests that physical activity is an effective tool for reducing the symptoms of stress and depression among girls.
5 Playing sports teaches girls how to take risks and be assertive.
6 Sport is where girls can learn goal-setting, strategic thinking and the pursuit of excellence in performance – critical skills necessary for success in the workplace.
7 Playing sports teaches mathematic skills.
8 Sports help girls develop leadership skills.
9 Sports teach girls team-work.
10 Regular physical activity in adolescence can reduce girls’ risk for obesity.
11 Physical activity appears to decrease the initiation of cigarette smoking in adolescent girls.
12 Research suggests that girls who participate in sports are more likely to experience academic success and stay in school than those who do not play sports.
13 Teenage girls who do sport are less likely to get pregnant than teenage girls who do not do sport.
14 Teenage girls who do sport are more likely to report that they have never had sex than those girls who do not do any sport.
15 Teenage sports participation may help prevent osteoporosis.
16 Women who exercise report being happier than those who do not exercise.
17 Women who exercise believe they have more energy and felt they were in excellent health more often than non-exercising women.
18 Women who are active in sports and recreational activities as girls feel greater confidence in their physical and social selves than those who were sedentary as girls.
19 Women who exercise miss fewer days of work.
20 Research supports that regular physical activity can reduce hyperlipidemia (high levels of fat in blood).
21 Recreational physical activity may decrease a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer.
22 Women who exercise weigh less than non-exercising women.
23 Women who exercise have lower levels of blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides and have lower blood pressure than non-exercising women.
24 Regular exercise improves the overall quality of life.
[stextbox id=”grey”]Source : Women’s Sports Foundation, USA[/stextbox]
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