Fat shaming. Thinspiration. Fitspiration. Beach body. Bikini body. Fit is the new fat. Fit is the new skinny. Strong is the new curvy. 30 day cleanse. Juice fast, loose pounds. Count your calories. The fat you eat is the fat you wear. Carbs are good. Carbs are bad. Just 10 minutes a day is all it takes.
Catchphrase after catchphrase. If you ask the media, we’re supposed to have JLo’s butt, Kim Kardashian’s skin, be able to dance like Beyonce, smell like roses at all time, be able to wear makeup as flawlessly as Katy Perry, wear heels and fancy clothes, but still look fantastic in sweatpants, and for the love of God, we’re not supposed to sweat or jiggle.
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Sport England recently launched a campaign for women called This Girl Can after research indicated that 2 million fewer women exercise in the UK than men (source). Part of their mission statement reads “This Girl Can…is a celebration of active women up and down the country who are doing their thing no matter how well they do it, how they look, or even how red their face looks.”
I’m totally that girl who doesn’t want to work out. It hurts, I hate being sweaty, I turn bright red and look like a perspiring eggplant. I don’t want anyone seeing me jiggle. I don’t want anyone seeing me gasping for air, struggling to lift even small weights. I don’t like being reminded how weak I am, and how all the cookies I ate last week are stuck firmly to my butt.
This Girl Can is trying to change the mindset of girls who feel insecure when they work out, who don’t feel like they’ll be good enough until they lose weight, who hate their bodies and avoid working out because they jiggle and sweat. This Girl Can is trying to help women realize they can work out because they love their bodies, not because they hate their bodies.
I went to a crossfit class this morning, even though I was scared, even though I’m weak. I went, because this girl can. And so can you.