Strong Is the New Skinny
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
A while back, my sister posted this amazing article to her Facebook page:
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The short version is: it's about a young woman who was skinny but couldn't do basic things like open jars of pickles and such. Her conclusion was: it's not the size and weight, it's the health of your body and your strength.
I got a cold hard slap in the face with this when I did my 5 mile bike ride a few weeks ago. I was at my lowest adult weight ever (~165 pounds, barely overweight on the BMI), and I struggled to carry my bike and to ride up hills (oh, and constantly had kids a third my age pass me). It was clear that while I was doing great with losing the weight, I needed to be bulking up some muscles.
And then, I kinda sorta didn't do anything about it. I have made cardio a priority - working out on the treadmill or walking (even just at lunch) at LEAST 3X a week. But I haven't done any strength training whatsoever.
Part of it is that I don't have as good equipment for strength training (like weights) as I do with cardio (my fitness center has a treadmill machine) - but the fitness center DOES have a strength training machine. But most of it is I'm doing the lazy thing again. It's great that I'm exercising, training to run, watching my diet, drinking my water but if I really want to embrace "Strong is the new skinny", I need to step it up. If I want to build muscle, I need to start working out my arms. If I want to improve tone, then I need to get some weights.
Because I don't want to be one of those girls who is skinny and has to ask someone to open jars or lift boxes or do anything of the sort for her. Last night, I struggled to open a bottle of Powerade and almost had to hand it to my sister to open. (I want to think it was more that my hands were greasy than I lacked the strength to open it...) Not a fun thing for someone independent like myself.
I love this new "Strong Is the New Skinny" campaign. It focuses not on your weight and pants size but on being healthy and active and independent. And that's exactly the kind of girl I wanna be.