“There is the very general assumption that you can only really celebrate and enjoy movement if you are reaping physical results from it in the way of body transformation or weight loss, and when neither of those occur, then you’re not doing it right. The freedom of simply exploring movement in a manner relative to who we are as individuals has been a privilege reserved for those whose body types fit the desired mould. Until now.” … More Introducing The Joyful Movement Project
“First of all, let me start out with this. We didn’t have social media when I was a teenager. And for that I am truly grateful, because honestly, I don’t know how I would have coped.” … More A Letter to Our Girls.
LANGUAGE WARNING. This post has been in the back of my head for some time, but it took a perfect alignment of being down and out with a chest cold and reading Bethany Bellingham’s recent post “I Needed to be Awesome. Now I Need to Learn to Just Be” for me to put it into words. … More Why I stopped smiling – and why thats OK.
“Please don’t assume that a woman engages in sport or fitness because she is dissatisfied with her life or herself.
Perhaps my sensitivity to this issue resides in the fact that I often have to deal with it when discussing my own athletic journey – to the point where I have pulled a number of interviews with larger publications because they just were.not.getting.it.” … More Another Assumption you Need to Stop Making About New Female Athletes
As always, its a while between proverbial blog ‘drinks’ these days, however as you know by now, I like to wait for something to come up that I need to write about so desperately I set the computer up in the kitchen and write whilst cooking dinner. So over here in Australia, the governing bodies … More The one assumption you need to stop making about larger athletes.
A couple of months ago, I was on the treadmill at the gym with a school group on the equipment in front of me. They were all high-school age, a mix of boys and girls on various cardio equipment under supervision. What unfolded in front of me made the penny drop in my never-ending quest to … More IWD 16: Why re-defining ‘Ladylike’ could be the key to keeping our girls in sport.
Well this one has been a long time coming. But I assure you, its well worth the wait! What happens when we enjoy an active lifestyle for a consistent period? Does our focus shift to simply the power of ‘doing’? Do our relationships with food and/or our bodies change? What does physical activity mean to … More Research Reveals the Real ‘Power of Doing.’
Recently I submitted a piece about ’embracing strong’ for Dominique Jackson’s campaign on her site, Nikki’s Haven. A talented athlete herself, Dominique began her campaign as a result of the dismay she felt at the body shaming that overshadowed Serena Williams’ amazing run of form. A contact of mine emailed me the link to her campaign … More ‘Embracing Strong’
TRIGGER WARNING: discussion and mention of both clinical and non-clinically diagnosed eating and body image disorders is present in this piece. There were 79 participants in this conversation. PART 1: Our relationships with our bodies. The GREAT news is that over 50% of participants reported a generally positive or extremely positive relationship with their … More Body Positive Conversations Part 1 Results
Recently I put a call out for volunteers to take part in research which aimed to explore if there were common traits or behaviours among people who have been physically active on a consistent, regular basis for a period longer than twelve months. The reason I did this research is because of a belief that … More Research Snapshot Part 1: Common Traits in People Who Maintain an Active Lifestyle