Amazing honesty from track and field athlete Lauren Fleshman - thank you so much for this!
The Body Positive movement is not one singular organization; it is a concept spread out in varying degrees all of which share a common aspiration; to celebrate the self. Some people call it Fat Fem…
Something I wrote on my wordpress blog.
We’re ecstatic to announce that our latest app, The Walk, is now available on iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices!
$3.99 / £2.59 / €3.59
If you enjoyed Zombies, Run!, you’re going to love this one. And if you wanted to play Zombies, Run! but said to yourself “it’s not for me, I don’t run!”, you’ll love The Walk even more. Once again, we’ve mixed fitness tracking together with a gripping, immersive story and game in an unprecedented collaboration with the UK’s Department of Health and the NHS.
The Walk will track how much walking you do per day, like a pedometer, and we’ll set you daily goals to help you walk more every day and stay healthy. As you walk, you’ll unlock new parts of the story, which is told via fully voiced audio clips, much like Zombies, Run! The app runs in the background using our special battery saving tracking system and measures the number of steps and the distance travelled on any given day.
There’s a massive amount of content in The Walk — over three month’s worth! It’s an epic techno-thriller that puts you in the shoes of Walker, a mysterious hero tasked with delivering a mysterious package after an explosion at Inverness station disables the entire country’s electronics and transport infrastructure. You’ll need to walk the length of the UK in order to find out what’s going on and who you can trust. If you make it, maybe you can save the world…
We’ve previously announced that Zombies, Run! players will recognise many of the voices in The Walk. We’ve brought back a bunch of actors to play all new characters in this story, including Philip Nightingale (Sam Yao), Olga Leon (Archie), Jen Tan (Runner 4 and Nadia) and Victoria Grove (Paula).
The Walk is perfect for anyone wanting to keep healthy by being more active. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic, the game adapts its goals to your fitness history. As reported by the BBC, just 150 minutes of weekly moderate physical activity could significantly improve your health. This could be the most important New Year’s Resolution you’ve ever made.
You can grab The Walk right now from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Usually the game will cost $4.99 (£2.99 / €4.49) but we’ve cut the price by 20% for launch to just $3.99! (£2.59 / €3.59). Be quick, though, this special price will only last for a week!
IT’S OUT IT’S OUT IT’S OUUUUUUUUUUUUUT IT’S FINALLY OUT!!!
Oh man, you guys, I have been so freaking excited about this game for like, the past HALF YEAR. I’m stoked to say that I was lucky enough to get a chance to work on the art for it (!!!) and dudes, this game is going to be so. Freaking. Awesome. I’M GONNA ROOT MY DAMN PHONE AND FINALLY UPGRADE TO ANDROID 4.0 TO PLAY IT AHHH YOU GUYS I AM SO EXCITED RIGHT NOW I THINK I MIGHT EXPLODE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
1. Just do it. Don’t wait until tomorrow or next week, or next month. Do it today. Run to the mailbox to get your mail, run to the end of the block, run with your dog until he goes to the bathroom and then run home. Start today and never look back.
2. Don’t start out too fast. This is a common mistake that new runners make. You start out too fast, then feel exhausted, out of breath, and defeated. We don’t want that, so start slow. No, I mean really slow. Slower than you think you need to. If, after a while, you feel like you can pick up the pace, then great, go for it. But, for now, pace yourself, you are in it for the long haul.
3. Get fitted for some good running shoes. Find a running store and get fitted. A good pair of running shoes will cost from $85-$120 but they are so worth it. Take the time to get the right pair. It will save you time, blisters, and injuries in the long run. Here is a great resource for finding the right shoe.
4. Try not to get frustrated. Even the most seasoned runners have a bad run. If one day you have a terrible run, don’t give up, it happens to the best of us. The next one will be better, I promise.
5. If you are running on the road, run against traffic, that way you see the cars and can get out of the way if they don’t see you.
6. Don’t compare yourself to others. So what if tiny shorts lady can run a 7 minute pace. You run at your pace and that’s that. If you want to do speedwork when you have this running thing down, then by all means do it. But do not compare yourself to others. Running is individual. Run for yourself, not for anyone else.
7. Listen to your body!Don’t push yourself….stop if you need to stop, slow down if you need to slow down, and eventually it will all come together and you too will feel that “Runner’s High” ;-)
8. Find what motivates you- whether it is getting faster or losing weight or going to new distances, set a goal and work towards it in small increments.”
PRACTICALLY-NAKED FAT GIRL SKETCHES
flying lotus and fat girls work, right?
When we start admiring athletes for their bodies and not for their accomplishments, we create an environment where appearance and sexual appeal become more important than a person’s actions. Where what with do with our bodies doesn’t matter, only what they look like. Where photoshopped images are deemed inspirational, even if they represent body shapes that are literally impossible for the average person to attain. Where people genuinely believe that an aesthetic obsession is healthy and respectful simply because the object of our attention is wearing athletic gear.
The photos on the left are all photoshopped images that I have seen posted in the #fitness #fitspo and #fitblr tags. The photos on the right are the original images, unedited.
If you actually find these people to be motivational and inspiring, why do their bodies have to be photoshopped in order to be good enough?
They look better without it
Please, please remember that this issue has absolutely nothing to do with which photo you personally prefer. It does not matter if you think that they look better in the original photographs.
Why? Because we’re not here to judge these athletes based on their appearance. These are professional women who are actively competing in the event that they have trained and worked hard for. These are people who are highly skilled and the best at what they do. That’s what they should be acclaimed for in the #fitness community.
By saying “They look better” this way or that, you are contributing to the idea that these women’s appearance and sexual appeal are the primary focus. I don’t care if they look better - The original photos are important because they provide an accurate reflection of each woman’s body and how she consented to being represented, occasionally even showing her in action as she performed during this particular competition. The original should be important even if you found the edited version to be a thousand times more attractive and better in every way.
Let’s get away from this environment where appearance is the driving force behind the way we talk about athletes and #fitspo.
I don’t have an obligation to be healthy, actually, and I don’t have an obligation to rush to assure you that I’m a ‘good fatty’ with great cholesterol and good scores on other health indicators allegedly related to weight. I don’t have an obligation to tell you that fat isn’t correlated with health because I shouldn’t have to justify the existence of fat people by informing you that you don’t understand how fat bodies work, and you’re not familiar with the latest studies on fatness, morbidity and mortality, health indicators, and social trends.
Because fat people have a right to exist, healthy or unhealthy, and this whole argument about health is a red herring. It suggests that if only fat people could prove that fat and health aren’t coupled, they’d be okay. Society is just concerned for us—worried that we’ll be felled too soon, taking our glorious minds into the ground with us to rot, all because we were fat and we refused to take personal responsibility for our fatness.
Here’s the thing, though: fat people have a right to exist, no matter what their health status is, and their health status is both not your business and not evidence to be used when determining whether they should be found wanting. Fatness is just a characteristic, one with which many people have a complex relationship because it’s socially loaded. Your judgement about fat has not been requested, nor is it required.
|—||Relevant. Read more here. (from “DO YOU CARE ABOUT MY HEALTH, OR JUST THINK I’M GROSS? BE HONEST" by S. E. Smith)|
Reclaiming Fitspo: Tumua Anae
At 25 years old, Anae is a three-time first-team All-American and 2010 NCAA Champion at USC.
Anae is a gold medal winning 2012 Olympian. She helped Team USA win 2011 and 2012 FINA World League Super Final championships as well as earn Olympic qualification at the 2011 Pan American Games. She is USC’s all-time leader in career saves and single-season saves and is one of only two goalies to be have been named MPSF Player of the Year.
Anae was born in Honolulu, Hawai’i. Her sister, Jordan, also played for the USC water polo team.
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