The YMCA Active Girls program aims to integrate higher levels of physical fitness into the girls’ curriculum, after a 2008 government study found only 13 per cent of high school girls reached recommended daily fitness levels.
As part of the free six-month program, girls from Mirrabooka, Morley and Lockridge senior high schools have taken part in boxing, boot camp, circuit training and body balance classes.
Active Girls project manager Lucy Morrison said the girls really enjoyed the classes and were having fun being active.
‘We want them to enjoy exercise so they make it part of their routine,’ she said.
‘And many have already reported a lift in their confidence and energy levels.
‘The project is all about encouraging teenage girls to get physically active and teaching them that fitness can be fun.
‘It’s important to expose girls in this age group to fitness so they can create good habits for the future.’