On Saturday, July 13th, STEER’s Advisory Council for Empowering Girls hosted its second workshop in this summer’s “Healthy Lifestyles” series. The Healthy Lifestyles Series began as a result of survey feedback from STEER female student-athletes, advisors, and school coaches who initially identified body shaming and diet habits as areas of concern for STEER female student-athletes. Earlier this year, the Advisory Council hosted its first workshop: a Zumba class followed by a healthy snacking discussion. The council’s second workshop in this series continues healthy lifestyle development by educating the girls on positive mindsets through another fitness class and guided activity. The continuous goal with this series is to provide programming that fosters a holistic healthy lifestyle education.
The second workshop in this series continued healthy lifestyle development by introducing the female student-athletes to the concept of mindfulness. Our female student-athletes participated in a reformer pilates class at Club Pilates Port Chester. Reformer pilates provides a low impact full body workout incorporating weight and resistance training. The student-athletes learned new exercises and techniques that reinforce training of the muscle groups they are used to working during practice for their respective sports. The girls realized pilates, with its carefully controlled movements, is a mental workout as much as it is a physical one. Nani Velasquez, Port Chester High School graduate and incoming Track and Field athlete for Ithaca College said, “I learned that exercising isn’t all about weightlifting and sprinting. You can relax and have a workout at the same time.” Following class, the students learned about “mindfulness” and its importance in one’s daily life. The girls and Advisory Council members shared best practices for reactions to stress and fostered their sense of community as they identified similarities among their peers present at the workshop. The students ended the day by creating their own DIY “Mindfulness Jars” to encourage a regular practice of self-reflection in their daily lives.