This blog started out of a need. A need for encouragment not of unhealthy, emaciated bodies; nor out of the need for fat acceptance. I searched "athletic women" and other variations on tumblr and found no resources. So I made one.
This blog is dedicated to the celebration and empowerment of athletic women. I've noticed over the past couple of months that there are few resources celebrating athletic female bodies, yet there are tons celebrating those of women who are incredibly thin, chubby, overweight, or obese. I don't find these offenses, in fact I think they're a great resource to those struggling against the pressures of today's media. But I think if one wants to promote TRUE body acceptance, we shouldn't leave out the middle ground. Contrary to popular belief, not ALL real women have curves.
I don't know exactly where this blog is going to go, but if you're here for the beginning, I suggest you follow along. It'll be an interesting ride.
Note to those thinking of submitting: you don't have to be an athlete to be athletic. At least not on this blog.
Far too elaborate Tuesday!
WHUUT? Muscular women aren’t attractive?
You’ve gotta be kidding me!
Oh. Not kidding, then. Alright.
WAIT! I will show you the light!
(this one’s just to reel you in. make-up blah, jewellery blah, beach sand wind hair blow blah. we know.)
Still wearing some make-up, but toting my career gear.
How about this? Winning’s pretty sexy. and I won during this match.
This one too.
Oh, and this one? Well.. Well I lost during this one, but don’t I look lovely?
Again, old news, but holy shit!
Old news, but still interesting. Diggin’ the attitude: “I don’t give a damn what people say about me.” I’m not sure I could handle people saying I was a man, on top of making me PROVE them wrong.. I’ve got tons of respect for her for being so confident. What do you think, could you have handled a situation like that with as much confidence as she did?
Training tips for the novice runner from Marlene Cimon
The full article includes an 8 week program to work up to running for 30 minutes, roughly 2 miles, continuously. However, you can only see it if you’re a member (free to join; no spam). I felt it would be rude to hijack the entire plan, so I just took the tips since you can find most of them anywhere on the web. Linkage at the end.
- To fuel up for your workout, have a piece of fruit or an energy bar about 2 hours before you lace up your shoes. An hour later, drink 8 ounces of a sports drink. The drink will ensure that you are fully hydrated, and also that you have sufficient sodium and potassium for a healthy workout.
- Always walk 2 to 3 minutes for a warmup before you begin your workout, and walk another 2 to 3 minutes as a cooldown afterward. Don’t stretch prior to running. Save it for after your workout or in the evening while you’re watching TV.
- Hold your arms comfortably at your sides while running, aiming for maximum relaxation. Bend them 90 degrees at the elbows, and move them forward and back at your waist. Bend your fingers into a relaxed grasp, and don’t let your hands sway back and forth across the middle of your torso.
- In hot, sunny weather, wear sunscreen, sunglasses (to relax your facial muscles), and a visor or cap to keep the sun off your face. Expect to run slower in particularly hot, humid weather, and take more walking breaks as necessary. Run in the early morning or late evening if you can.
- On occasion, skip your running and walking workout and do a cross-training workout instead. Bike for 30 to 40 minutes, try the elliptical trainer in a gym, or join a circuit weight-training class. The break from running will refresh you, and you’ll learn new skills while developing new muscles.
- Running is a great way to build strong bones, but you also need plenty of calcium—1,000 milligrams a day, and 1,500 milligrams if you’re over 50. Drink a glass or two of low-fat milk per day, or enjoy a cup or two of low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese. Dark green, leafy vegetables are another great calcium source.
- Beginning runners often develop shin splints or sore knees. These pains should pass quickly if you treat them immediately with ice packs after your workouts. Put a bag of frozen peas on your shins or knees for 15 minutes. If the pain persists, take several days off before beginning your training program again.
- For clean air and healthy lungs, try not to do your workouts at the side of a busy street or during rush-hour traffic. Find low-traffic streets where any exhaust will be dispersed quickly. Even better, as often as possible, try to run in greenbelts—in parks, on bike trails, around reservoirs, and the like.Success may come quickly to you as a beginning runner, but the race is never won. Run for life.
Runner’s World 8 Week Program.
NOTE: I plan on doing more detailed entries on most of these tips later. Just trying to get the site going, so people can see if they wanna follow it or not.