Health blog "Wellfesto" recently published a list titled "10 Things I Want My Daughter to Know About Working Out" and it is everything the world needs to be thinking.
In the piece, Brynn Harrington, a mother, questions the way we view exercise and the way that view is reflected in the culture of the next generation. Her revelation came in the middle of an exercise class when the instruction encouraged the class to picture themselves in "that dress."
That dress, Harrington says, represents our skewed view of physical activity. Rather than looking at a refreshing run or an invigorating hike as a way to enhance our mental and physical being, we look at those things as an opportunity to tailor our bodies to a more "conventionally attractive" standard. In short, we're exercising for someone else--not for ourselves.
Rather than thinking about "that dress" Harrington wants us to build a culture where the focus of exercise shifts from the superficial to building connections, improving health, and working hard. By teaching our daughters (and sons!) this mentality when they go out to play, we can cultivate a generation that is healthy inside and out.
To this, I say right on! Of course there is nothing wrong with wanting to look your best, but because you want to; because it makes you feel good, strong, and beautiful! Not because you need to fit into the proverbial dress in your closet.
Thanks to Wellfesto
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