This is hilarious, lol.
To be honest, I rarely see women with those tiny dumbbells anymore but I have a sneaking suspicion they’re still getting used (they’re always restocking at my local fitness store). Many women still use them because it’s easier, they’re scared of lifting heavier or because that’s all they have at hand.
When you have access to heavier equipment, you’ll use it. It’s one thing to want to lift heavier. It’s another to make it happen.
Ladies of the at-home fitness crowd, I urge you: go for it! If the thought of a LOT heavier scares you, just a little heavier is fine. For now. :)
I won’t preach about how heavy or what you should or shouldn’t aim for (and wholeheartedly concede that MANY DVD programs call for lighter weights/endurance work - they do serve a purpose). But I will say that if your weights are under 8lbs AND you’ve been using the same ones for over 3 months (or years. Yup, it happens), it’s time to spend the money and invest in something HEAVIER.
It’s a stepping stone. A gateway “drug”.
Dear NY Times, your article is silly. (And may inadvertently be reinforcing the stereotypes that women can’t (and shouldn’t) expect more of themselves).
I know a few ladies (and fellas) who’d STRONGLY disagree!
Pullups are hard, and yes, maybe a little harder for women. We (shocker) generally have less muscle mass in our arms. You also don’t have to be able to do a pullup to be in crazy shape: plenty of very fit people can’t do pullups. But last time I checked, you don’t need a penis to get your chin to the bar.
“Why don’t men get cellulite?”
I get this question a lot, so I thought I’d settle it once and for all!
I LOVE the messages and takeaways in this book. Fabulous reading for many, MANY women out there!
Most of us have a nonstop chorus of criticism in our heads, voices not unlike those of the mean girls lurking in locker rooms of junior high schools everywhere. Amy Ahlers’s witty, wise, and cut-to-the-chase book will give you everything you need to take on those bullying Inner Mean Girls and Inner Critics and win. You’ll learn how to rewire the self-sabotaging lies you tell yourself into affirming truths that will increase self-respect, self-love, and self-compassion, transforming your inner and outer lives.
Read a snippet here!
Do you have any body loving books you’re in love with? Care to share?
I’ve always loved this poem, but for some reason it didn’t SPEAK to me until this year. It tugged at my heart strings, and made me swell with pride as I read it just now.
I’ve come a long way, baby.
Here’s to all us phenomenal women out there. Let us start loving ourselves the way we deserve to be loved.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
This is so awesome, it HURTS.
Imagine a world where women consistently supported, loved, validated and encouraged each other to be their most awesome selves. Now breathe, and let it sink in that the only thing stopping this from happening…is US.
Funny, too-true and hysterical satire via ‘The Onion’.
Ladies, you’ll LOVE this one.
AKRON, OH—According to witnesses, a tight-knit group of five female friends spent a wild night on the town Saturday, overindulging in emotionally supportive behavior and generally validating the living shit out of each other.
Confirming the women get together at least once a month for an all-out, anything-goes session of nonjudgmental reassurances, 28-year-old Sarah Dotson said the evening quickly turned into ”a total rager,” with the friends sharing excessive amounts of admiration, empathy, and encouragement for one another.
The results can be breathtaking, as I learned from one young woman, just a year out of treatment, who recently wrote to me:“Before starting recovery, I was afraid to go anywhere with people, especially anywhere there’d be food. Since beginning recovery, I’ve discovered that I’m a people person! Who knew? Also I found out I have a true passion for the outdoors. Rock climbing, rappelling, hiking, all of it. I thought I was supposed to be a dud. But that’s not true. I’m supposed to enjoy living.”
Note to everyone who’s ever had an eating disorder: We are ALL supposed to enjoy living. Fortunately, most eating disorder treatment programs today understand this. They move well beyond the initial and necessary focus on eating and weight to address temperament, identity, self direction and other key predisposing or contributing issues. Qualified professionals in your area can be found through the Academy for Eating Disorders website’s search tool. I wish this help had been available when my classmates and I began our struggle to recover. If it had, we wouldn’t have spent so many years caught in our eating disorders’ half-lives.
Books by author Aimee Liu…
Other books on recovery…
Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia De Rossi
Thin by Grace Bowman