Is it any wonder that we can’t sustain exercise in the long term? We look around at others who devote themselves to “the lifestyle” of waking up every day at 4:45 am to hit the gym, hit harder on the weights, and grind until we see results… And then we are expected to keep doing it until we die. THAT - my friend - is what a successful life looks like when it comes to fitness…And hopefully you know by now that I am being DRAMATICALLY sarcastic for good reason ;)
But as I sit here on my sofa, in my fuzzy purple robe, I have to tell you that I went to bed 2 hours ago and couldn’t sleep because this whole idea behind the Feminine in Fitness has been flooding my mind – because it’s really freaking important. It is perhaps the missing link to a healthy relationship (NOT just with exercise) but with body movement and awareness as a whole.
Way back in mid-century Greece, gymnasiums were created for the purpose of training male athletes for the competitive games. These events were held in a Colosseum to determine the champion – the greatest of them all. And as a result, the purpose of each and every “training” that was held in these gyms was to create discomfort and even pain so that these men would push themselves to be bigger, faster and stronger than the rest. To compete to be the best.
I think it goes without saying that women were never factored into these establishments back in the day. Women in their fierce, independent energies have demanded opportunity so consistently enough that we have been able to create a world where your local squat rack and turf facilities have both a men’s and women’s locker room now. Women compete in the same fashions as men in competitive games, as long as they are willing to endure the challenges, discomfort and inevitable pain that come with a competitive lifestyle.
This is the fitness world as we know it. Shoot, this is America as we know it. It has been engrained into us from centuries, nearly millenias, ago. But because humans have existed for much longer than that, I am asking you sincerely to explore the history of “human body movement” prior to the competitive game eras.
Perhaps the paleolithic era is a timeframe we can explore for this. A time where “hunter gatherer” motives were what primarily dictated our body’s main movements. We scavenged and foraged for vegetation, climbed trees in the forests for fruit, and eventually hunted wild game for sustenance.