December 4, 2021

Girls, You Need to Lift Weights! By Maggie Ayre

5 Reasons Every Teen Girl Should be Familiar with a Heavy Pair of Dumbbells

I’m afraid stories that lifting weights will make you bulk up simply aren’t true. Our bodies simply don’t contain enough testosterone for that to happen. So let’s lift weights for these 5 awesome reasons instead.

 

Lifting weights burns fat. If you’re looking to slim down then you must lift weights. Lifting weights raises the body’s metabolism forcing it to burn more fat.

Lifting weights develops strong bones. We need strong bones to support strong muscles. Lifting weights increases bone density. Strong bones are less likely to fracture or break plus you’re reducing the risk of osteoporosis as you age.

Strength training increases energy levels. As your metabolism increases so will your energy levels. You may find that you’re eating more too but if you’re not gaining fat and what you’re eating is good for you who’s complaining?

Strength training decreases stress levels. Lifting weights leads to an amazing series of events.
Firstly, exercising increases your dopamine levels making you happier. Secondly, your confidence soars as you realise how strong you are and the exercises you can do. Subsequently, your confidence in all areas of life shoots up and with this your stress levels decrease markedly.

Lifting weights increases your strength. OK, so I know stating lifting weights makes you stronger is pretty much common sense but it still needs to be said. What makes it cooler is that at the same time as your strength increases your co-ordination and spatial awareness get much better.

So, girls what are you waiting for?

Maggie Ayre is the UKs leading Fitness Coach for Teen Girls. Email maggieayre@mail.com for more information. As well as one-to-one and small group nutrition and fitness work with teens she has developed the 3G Program designed to be run at schools as part of the PE curriculum. She also offers mentoring for PE departments on how to re-engage teen girls with PE and has recently published her third book; “Nutrition for Exam Success – A Parent’s Guide” which is now available as a Kindle and paperback at Amazon.

What NOT to say to your Teen! By Maggie Ayre

5 Things Never to Say to Your Teenager During their Sporting Event

Maggie is the UK leading Fitness Coach for Teens.  As a teenager she was a member of the British Sailing Team.
She is no stranger to competitive sport for teens and knows just how essential parental support is.

However, sometimes parents get it wrong and say the wrong thing at the wrong time.  Here Maggie shares her top 5 things never to say to your teenager during their sporting event.

1.    Don’t Mention What Happened Last Time
So your teen’s been here before she’s in pole position going into the final event, or he’s finally off the subs bench and the teams in the lead.  Last time it all went wrong in the closing stages.  Whatever you do don’t mention last time.  Your teen doesn’t need reminding.  Instead stick to positive comments only – no negative comments allowed.

2.    Don’t Change the Plan
If your teen never eats during a cycle race now is not the time to suggest a snack.  Changes to routine should always be introduced during training.

3.    Don’t  Criticize the Competition
The most successful sports men and women tend to be friends with everyone involved in the sport.  This season’s main competition may be next seasons training partner.  Avoid making personal comments.

4.    Let Them Focus
Now is not the time to mention the maths homework that needs to be done by tomorrow morning.

5.    Stay in the Moment
There’s time for celebration after the event is finished and a podium position or personal best secured.  Now is not the time to be talking about the future.  Don’t ask “what will you do when you’ve won” or “what’s the next step now it didn’t go so well” until another day.

Maggie Ayre is the UKs leading Fitness Coach for Teen Girls. As well as one-to-one and small group nutrition and fitness work with teens she has developed the 3G Program designed to be run at schools as part of the PE curriculum. She also offers mentoring for PE departments on how to re-engage teen girls with PE and has recently published her third book; “Nutrition for Exam Success – A Parent’s Guide” which is now available as a Kindle and paperback at Amazon.