It should come as no surprise that many sports notice a significant drop out or withdrawal of female participants in their teenage years. Multiple reasons have been given for this including time commitment and poor coaching, all the way to the embarrassment of having a red and sweaty face. It seems to me that now more than ever, parents need to step up and be role models in exercise. Studies have shown that ‘parental exercising significantly predicts adolescents‘ engagement in sport.’ With daughter’s participation being directly related to BOTH parents. So whether you prefer to relax at a Pilates class, dance away an evening at Zumba or pound the streets running – your attitude really does make a difference to your children. Here’s 10 Inspirational Quotes to keep you going:
For when the voice in your head says you can’t:
“You can do anything you want, even if you are being told negative things. Stay strong and find motivation.”
– Misty Copeland
“Don’t be afraid if things seem difficult in the beginning. That’s only the initial impression. The important thing is not to retreat: you have to master yourself.”
– Olga Korbut
“The only one who can tell you “you can’t win” is you and you don’t have to listen.”
For when you’re worrying about your outfit:
In the seventies we had to make it acceptable for people to accept girls and women as athletes. We had to make it okay for them to be active. Those were much scarier times for females in sports.
– Billie Jean King
“I don’t think being an athlete is unfeminine. I think of it as a kind of grace.”
“A person’s view of you is not important. What is important is your view of yourself.”
For when you’re comparing yourself with ‘that girl’:
You can be whatever size you are, and you can be beautiful both inside and out. We’re always told what’s beautiful and what’s not, and that’s not right.
– Serena Williams
“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”
– Serena Williams
For when you think it’s too late:
“Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
“Never put an age limit on your dreams.”
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P.P.S. Illustration is by Alison Soye. She’s a total inspiration and has just illustrated her first children’s book! You can grab a copy on Amazon or go search your local Waterstones!