Doesn’t it seem like girls are growing up fast these days? I mean literally. Since when did 8-year-olds have breasts?
You’re not crazy: It’s true!
In The Falling Age of Puberty in US Girls (2007), author Sandra Steingraber presents evidence of the latter. Over the last 100 years, the average age of a girl’s fist menstrual cycle has declined from 17 to 13 years old, while more and more girls are starting to go through puberty before the age of 10.
If you’re a woman, you probably remember what happened when you went through puberty: All sorts of things that made you self-conscious!
Oh the hours you spent trying to cover up that embarrassing zit, and the amount of time you spent agonizing about having gained a few pounds, not to mention that moment you were in PE class and realized you forgot to shave your legs: It was a scary time and you probably would never want to relive those days.
To make matters worse, a recent study suggests that early puberty, which is happening more and more frequently, is linked to depression in women, and behaviour problems that can even last into their 20s.
The study looked at 7,800 women who had their first menstrual cycle at an average age of 12. These same women were reassessed at 16 and 28 years old. Further, the younger age of the girl’s first period meant the higher chance of mental health problems later.
Essentially the study suggests that the psychological vulnerability we feel in early puberty lasts longer than we thought!
Now I’m not suggesting that fitness is the magic solution to the potential problems that might arise, but it certainly has the opportunity to play a huge role in combating some of the self-consciousness and vulnerability we feel when our bodies are changing and our hormones are starting to go nuts on us.
How training with us will help your teenage daughter:
The sense of accomplishment and pride she will feel from getting stronger, achieving a new skill or reaching a new milestone can have a tremendously positive effect on a young teenager who is comparing herself to everyone else, constantly feeling like she’s a failure.
Change in Perception:
It’s next to impossible to convince someone who doesn’t feel like she’s attractive that she’s attractive. It needs to come from within, and being surrounded by good role models helps! In our case, being surrounded by fit and healthy young adults, who view women with muscles as attractive and beautiful, will go a long way in helping a 14-year-old girl truly accept and embrace her body and appreciate the positive changes going on as she gains strength.
Fend Off The Weight Gain:
Let’s address the elephant in the room. Nobody likes feeling like they have gotten pudgier. And often this seems inevitable with the onset of puberty. Much of this has to do with a changing metabolism, yet your teenager doesn’t change her diet and continues pounding candy in her spare time. It’s also a time when girls tend to become less active, which only adds to the chance of unwanted weight gain. Embracing a fitness routine and receiving proper nutritional education from our coaches will keep your teenager on a healthier path.
Being around other active and healthy teenagers and young adults in their 20s who are focused on a healthy lifestyle is likely going to be a better influence on your 16-year-old daughter than half the people she hangs out with at school. Having these slightly older, healthy role models in her life will help her mature into a much stronger and more competent and capable teenager able to handle the stresses that go along with high school.
Get her started today and contact us now.