"This Girl Can" Should Be Your 2016 Challenge
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A year ago, US Surgeon General Dr Regina Benjamin encouraged women at a popular hair convention to stop using their beauty routines as an excuse to skip exercise. "Oftentimes you get women saying, ‘I can't exercise today because I don't want to sweat my hair back or get my hair wet,’" she said. "When you're starting to exercise you look for reasons not to, and sometimes the hair is one of those reasons." In short, her message was that your health is more important than your beauty routine or how you look, so women should stop worrying about the threat of a bad hair day.
This trend of worrying about how they look while exercising seems to keep some women from moving altogether. This Girl Can is aiming to change that.
This Girl Can is a UK-based organisation that aims to inspire women of all sizes to get moving. According to their YouTube page website, other people’s opinions don’t matter. “Worried about what people think when you exercise? You’re not alone. Fear of judgment is stopping many women from taking part in physical activity. But it doesn’t have to. This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgment is a barrier that can be overcome.”
They recently posted their promotional video which can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN7lt0CYwHg
No matter their size, women should commit to living healthy, active lifestyles. In many ways, the body is political. People need to see larger bodies in movement in fitness spaces. By just being active and celebrating their bodies and the fact that they can move, women, and particularly larger women, seem to grate against people's perceptions of what fitness looks like and what bodies that look like theirs can achieve.
If your jiggling keeps you out of the gym, you have to take another look at your priorities. After all, it’s not all about appearances. You owe it to no one to look good all the time. In the words of Beauty Redefined, "Your body is an instrument, not an ornament."
Get your exercise. Show the world that “this girl can.”
Images: Netivist.org | MYC Writer: Elonah BionedaSubscribe to UpdatesRelated Articles
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