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 Project Rockit 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 a qualified yoga instructor, 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 responsible 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?
2020 was the fifth year of MIND.BODY.PEDAL and saw more than 120 students get involved.
The program continued its success in breaking down the barriers to physical activity and helping teenage girls get active. Five separate sessions were held, with 4 schools in total participating.
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