Fear of judgement, lacking confidence, not having enough time – there are a whole host of practical and emotional barriers that prevent many women and girls from being more active.
This Girl Can, first launched in 2015, celebrates women and girls who are getting active and doing their thing no matter how they look, how well they do it, or how sweaty they get. The campaign, which is funded by the National Lottery, reminds women and girls that there is no ‘right way’ of getting active – if it gets your heart rate up, it counts! So whether it’s cycling to work, literally running the school run, or getting muddy in the park, This Girl Can aims to celebrate all of the amazing ways that women manage to fit exercise into their busy lives.
The latest phase of the campaign, #FitGotReal was launched in October 2018 and seeks to challenge the idea of what conventional exercise looks like. It aims to inspire more women and girls to wiggle, jiggle and move in any way they can.
Active Suffolk is a recognised supporter of the This Girl Can campaign and has 70 This Girl Can Ambassadors from everyday backgrounds across Suffolk. Their main role is to promote physical activity and sport through social media. These female ambassadors have all overcome barriers in doing physical activity and sport. Their job is to help inspire other women to do just the same. The overall aim is for all women in Suffolk to have the opportunity to take part in physical activity without the fear of judgement.
I am so excited to be part of this amazing project to inspire women to get active. I am by no means a fitness freak and have my own wibbly wobbly body that I am proud of, I hope to encourage women to get outside for their exercise each day. I intend to use my social media and blogs to encourage women to get outside exercising for at least 30 minutes a day, I walk, bike and horse ride to keep fit and use yoga to help with my mental well being as well as my physical health..
A brisk ten minute walk can make a huge difference to your health – it gets the heart pumping faster, can make you feel better, more energetic and improve your mood. Over time, brisk walking can help to lower the risk of serious illnesses like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Whether you’re walking to work, stepping out at lunchtime, walking to the shops or local park or taking the dog for a walk, brisk walking can be simple to fit into your everyday life.
Cycling is a great form of low impact exercise, so it’s good for your joints – particularly your knees. Cycling is also a great social activity – there are many female-friendly cycling groups and clubs out there that welcome all abilities, and it’s a great activity to enjoy with family and friends too.
The health benefits of cycling aren’t just physical, getting active outdoors and enjoying the fresh air can have a great impact on your mental health and wellbeing.
I’m not the worlds most confident cyclist nor fastest swimmer nor fittest walker but I do a bit everyday and that’s all that matters. You’re more likely to find me wild swimming or bouncing down a bridleway on my bike than in a gym so look out for how the outdoors can make you feel amazing mentally and physically! Join me with on my outdoors adventures and join the women out there doing some exercise to better themselves for themselves!