4 Surprising benefits of sports for girls

Regular exercise is good for everybody and the earlier you get into the habit, the better. That's why it's important to motivate your kids to stay active. The best way to do that? Sports!

Though most children may be able to get their endorphins by running around with their friends, getting them involved in a sport will do much more for them to keep them active. In fact, organizations like the Women's Sports Foundation have found that playing on a team can provide a myriad of advantages for young female athletes. Below, check out four surprising benefits of sports for girls:

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  1. Girls who play sports have higher levels of confidence and lower levels of depression. Why? Playing with a team makes them feel better both physically and socially and seeing your skills improve through practice can help them gain self-esteem.

  2. Playing sports will help girls learn the importance of team work and goal-setting. Being a team player and working with other people to meet the same goal (whether it be winning a game or perfecting a certain move) will come in handy later when they enter the workforce.

  3. Girls who play sports actually do better in school. Though some might think athletics act as an distraction, research shows that females who play sports get higher grades and are more likely to graduate than those who don't--perhaps because exercise improves learning and memory.

  4. Besides the obvious benefits of helping them stay fit, girls who play sports are also less likely to smoke and have a reduced change of developing diseases like breast cancer and osteoporosis later in life.

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Do your kids play sports?

karla...
on May 16, 2013 at 9:41 PM

I wish I would have done more sports when I was a teenager. I have a boy and he loves soccer and swimming.

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acrog...
on May 21, 2013 at 1:13 PM

Olivia loves to play basketball. We also have a volleyball. I need to buy a net and we will also be getting a soccerball. 

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Cariv...
on May 22, 2013 at 9:35 AM

the sports help our kids to be healty and envolved with REAL people, help them to built confidence and social skills

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paola...
on May 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

I would agree that confidence levels would be  higher in girls that play sports

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juans...
on May 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

we are looking into soccer and baseball for my son next year, right now we are trying to teach him the concept of the game and he loves it. we also play basketball with him. now he is into karate so we will see which one he will pick up.

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juans...
on May 22, 2013 at 6:50 PM

i agree with the article i think girls ( and boys) have more confidence that play sports, i felt so weird and out of place and i had really bad self esteem growing up even though you would have never thought i did. i always wanted to play sports but i was never encouraged, i promised myself i would break the cycle.

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