By Valerie Solomon, Busy Mom Gets Fit
I was just thinking how badass a few of the little girls on my 6 year old son's soccer team are when a mom across the field yelled at her son, "Come on! Beat her! She's just a girl!"
What?! Just when I thought we were making progress in women's equality, I'm reminded how so many people's minds are deeply rooted in the dark ages.
I'm raising my sons to not just value women, but to see them as equals, partners, and capable of just as much as anyone.
Just to double check my 'raising', I told my ten year old what I heard and asked what he thought. "Well it's weird because she's telling her son he's not good ...and she's saying girls shouldn't be good. And it's weird because she's a mom and she's a girl!"
Yep. Buddy, it is weird ...on so many levels.
Please, fellow boy moms, join me in raising sons who see that it's not a competition. Boys can be who they are, and girls can be who they are. In some cases, the traditional gender roles apply. But many times the girl is just really that much faster (or stronger, or better at math, etc.) And when that happens, teach him to empower her. Teach him to want her on his team and not see her as a threat to his masculinity.
In no way do I think raising boys to be men involves making them feel superior to women in sports, career, or any other way.
Most training plans include recovery days, or “active rest” periods. If you have a good understanding of physical fitness and the relationship between recovery and gains, this may be a no-brainer, but if you’ve ever wondered why rest and/or recovery is important, understanding its place may help you give it its due.
If you’re looking for a new workout plan--especially if you’re a busy mom or woman juggling a career with the other demands of modern life--you might search specifically for something that can be fit into your existing schedule easily, and only take up a couple of mornings a week.
If you’re a busy mom, and you’ve found time to make fitness a priority, chances are that your kids have noticed, and may have even had their curiosity piqued about your method of getting in shape, whether it’s weightlifting, running, or yoga. Now your kid wants to workout... what do you do?!
Studies showcasing the various physical benefits of different types and intensities of exercise are plentiful. Reduced risks of various health issues, improved sleep…but the mental benefits may not be as well touted or known, even though a recent University of British Columbia study suggests that they might be significant.
If you read very many women’s fitness magazines (and the interviews they contain), you’ll notice a common refrain spoken by the women who are talking about whatever fitness-related activity they’re engaged in…
“It gave me a confidence I didn’t have before.”
A mobile lifestyle or occasional travel doesn’t have to mean giving up the gains associated with a gym--find a trainer who offers workout plans that are adaptable for travel, or develop a method of incorporating bodyweight/resistance band training to your current format.
Traveling is fun, and staying fit while you do it is possible...just stay flexible, positive, and realistic!
And what women's fitness camp would be complete without a girl power play list full of empowering songs for women as background music?
Here's my list so for this year's Camp GORGO. If you have suggestions, I'd love to hear!
Yoga has gone from a fringe activity--the pursuit of a few spiritually minded individuals--to a mainstream topic in fitness circles. Everyone from grandmas to Marines are now engaging in what used to be the purview of mystics, and that begs the question...is it still a sacred pursuit? Or just a great physical workout?
Cross-training has been promoted by an assortment of fitness professionals for years. Runners need strength, bodybuilders need flexibility...these were radical suggestions at one time, but now they’re generally accepted in training circles.
It’s rare now to see anyone in the gym, running on the road or track, or even just walking around the office without some kind of wearable fitness tracking device, and it can’t help but make you wonder--do fitness tracking tools help you reach fitness goals?