|To kick off my 365 days of exercise, my girls and I took a class together from my favorite spin instructor Gabe Rios.|
In 2014 I plan to exercise every day. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.
I’ve challenged myself to work out for 365 consecutive days before and each time I failed. But I think the clean slate of a new year will give me the motivation I need. There’s something about hanging a new calendar that makes me feel as if I can do anything.
As I mentioned in my list of resolutions, I’m not exercising daily in hopes of one day being skinny. In fact, I don’t plan to weigh myself all year. I’m exercising daily because I want to be strong.
I’ve written here and for See Jane Write Magazine about how exercise (specifically my Jillian Michaels obsession) helps me as a writer. But I believe fitness is a feminist issue too.
As Dr. Caroline Heldman says in her TED Talk, “The Sexy Lie”:
We raise our little boys to view their bodies as tools to master their environments…We raise our little girls to view their bodies as projects to constantly be improved. What if women started to view their bodies as tools to master their environment? As tools to get you from one place to the next? As these amazing vehicles for moving through the world in a new way?
I want to work out every day because I believe doing so will help me see my body in a new way. I believe daily exercise will help me begin to see my body not as something that needs to be fixed but as an amazing vehicle for moving through the world. And I wish the same for you.
It’s time for feminists to reclaim fitness.
I’ll be sharing my workouts on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtags #feministfitness and #everydayfitness. I hope you’ll join me and share your workouts too.