Studies show that teenage girls are active for less than 30 minutes a day—less than half of the daily exercise recommended for teenagers. It’s become clear through a number of studies that girls face more barriers to exercise than boys – with fear and ridicule playing a big role.
Led by a team of experts, MIND. BODY. PEDAL sets out to support and celebrate the differences that make high-school aged girls unique, while addressing issues of self-esteem and confidence that hold many back from riding a bike. We want to create a country of active, positive and confident women on bikes.
Mind. Body. Pedal is a holistic program for high schools that aims to inspire more teenage girls to get active through bike riding.
What does the day involve?
MIND.BODY.PEDAL works with partners such as Grow Club and Lululemon to deliver four key workshops across the day.
A team of qualified youth workers chat to the group about issues such as self-esteem, your inner critic as well as peer pressure and challenging social norms. If you’ve always been told you ‘throw like a girl’ what does that mean?
Led by Lululemon, this session shows just how important moving your body is. The group will chat about mindfulness and be taken through a series of breathing and stretching exercises.
The girls are led by Ride2School on a 5km bike ride around their local community. They’re taught road rules and how to be a respective road user. Dedicated staff are on hand to help teach new starters and wary riders who just want to practice.
Mind. Body. Pedal ambassador Ang Roan tells her story about how bike riding has changed her life. Through interactive activities Ang will show the girls exactly where to begin if they want to start riding.
Does it work?
In 2016, we ran a MIND. BODY. PEDAL pilot across four schools in Victoria.
In assessing the success of the initiative in getting more girls physically active through bike riding, the pilot revealed the following findings: