A staggering 90% of Australian young people have some concern about their body image. We all know that navigating the tween and teen years can be full of challenges: youth are navigating changes to their bodies, friendship difficulties, social media comparisons and more.
Young people need to be equipped with the tools to develop a positive self-image and a strong sense of self-worth. Exercise has a role to play in this.
Here’s how it can help improve confidence in tweens and teens:
- A healthy relationship with one’s body: Regular exercise promotes positive body image by cultivating body awareness and a greater appreciation for what the body can do, rather than focusing solely on appearance.
- Natural mood booster: Exercise is known to release endorphins, which improves mood. It can also promote better mental well-being, reduced stress, and enhanced self-assurance.
- Greater strength and capability: Youth who feel stronger and fitter will see a difference in their capability, empowering them to take on new challenges or overcome obstacles and to feel more confident.
- A sense of accomplishment: Fitness routines often involve setting goals or tracking progress. It is satisfying to meet those goals and to see progress, which instills a sense of self-worth.
- Self-discipline: Regularly exercising and working towards goals requires commitment. Learning the skill of self-discipline can be useful for other areas of life and grows an appreciation for oneself.
Fitness offers a range of physical and emotional benefits to people of all ages, but especially to tweens and teens as they work towards building a powerful self-identity.
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