WOMEN IN SPORT: Get involved and forget your worries

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When you go to pick up your favourite magazine and wander past the health and fitness section, I can guarantee that every cover will be filled with someone who can only be described as the ‘aspirational ideal’.

A gorgeous, toned and tanned individual will be smiling at you with perfectly white teeth and a look that says ‘yes, look at me. I have no stretch marks anywhere or any flaws of any kind”.

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So it’s not a surprise that one of the biggest women’s health and fitness magazines, Women’s Running, has caused a stir by featuring a plus-sized model on its August US front cover.

Just like you’d expect, the model is running along, but unlike all of their previous covers, it definitely sends out a different message of what it means to be athletic and a message that is at the core of this column.

This message is saying that regardless of height, shape, weight and anything else that could make us ladies self-conscious, anyone can get involved in a sport and should simply forget their worries.

Just do it.

Going through social media, the groundbreaking cover has been inundated with positive response with one user @RaeMacRaeRae writing “Runners body = A body that runs. Well played @WomensRunning” and so it should be.

It’s a massive step forward for such a big publication to produce something that’s more realistic for women day to day.

We’re not all tall, slim and toned.

We come in a range of different sizes and it’s time to start accepting that, until a different mentality becomes the norm.

And with that change of mentality, eventually people won’t even notice covers like these and therefore those who feel self-conscious will not be anymore, hopefully leading to more women in sport.

Inspired?

There’s plenty happening in the county!

Kettering Hockey Club’s ladies session kick off again on Tuesday, August 4 at 7.30pm, Northampton Trampoline and Gymnastics Academny (NTGA) are running sessions to keep you fit and healthy, and don’t forget to look up your nearest Parkrun for some running inspiration -there’s plenty around the county including one that is every Saturday at 9am at the Racecourse.

Tweet me your active stories and pictures to @Adrianne_Hill or if you have an activity or event happening, let me know by emailing adrianne@actionsportmedia.co.uk.