Each one of these women is an Olympic athlete.
This picture challenges the notion that a specific size is the only indicator of health and fitness.
Exercise will make you stronger and feel amazing no matter what your size!
For most of my life, I have exercised because it feels good—not to maintain a specific size.
When I’m feeling anxious, frustrated, or upset in any way, exercise takes the edge off my negative feelings because as we all know– exercise decreases the stress hormones such as cortisol and increases endorphins, which boosts your mood naturally. Exercise also releases adrenaline, serotonin, and dopamine. These chemicals work together to make you feel good. Who doesn’t want to feel good?
One of the tricks to staying on track with exercise is finding something you enjoy doing—it doesn’t have to be hard-core. You can start with walking and slowly progress to other activities if you want. There are so many exercise options these days!
Another exercise deterrent is time. We can always use the excuse that there is no time, but we can find the time if we really want to. When I was working full-time, I would bring a change of clothes and go for a walk for part of my lunch break. It was great because I got to chitchat with friends and the movement helped give me the extra boost I needed to get me through the afternoons when I sometimes started to fade. After both my pregnancies, I would just do floor exercises at home and take short walks–it really helped and I slowly progressed to more physical activity as my body felt ready.
When I saw the above photo, it inspired me because I feel like there are so many people out there who think you have to be a certain dress size to be healthy, active, or athletic. Exercise is good for both our mental and physical health—no matter our size or ability—so go for it!