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Women In The Gym – Breaking The Stigma.

There is a huge stigma surrounding women who do weight training- they’ll quickly transform into an incredibly masculine version of themselves! This belief holds back so many women from achieving their personal bests and getting that ‘tone’ body that we hear so much about. We often associate women who lift weights, or train regularly to be athletes… something us normal gals cannot relate to.

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Now stepping inside of a gym can be a daunting, but the good news is not as many people are staring or judging us as we may think. In fact the ‘stigma’ of women who train is thankfully not as popular as it used to be. Now, we can thank social media for this (yes, one brilliant positive for the social network). These days there are countless workout videos available online and inspirational women just like you and I stepping outside of their comfort zones, proving that women can in fact pick up that weight in the ‘big boys’ zone and squat as heavy as they please. Without being at an athlete level, or waking up the following day looking like Arnie!

women gym breaking stigma

How to get started?

  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of going into the gym alone, seek help. Personal trainers are available at almost every gym and their sole purpose is to help each and every one of us. Utilise this!
  • Drag a friend along. Nothing is more motivating and encouraging than a friend with the same goal.
  • Be confident! You have every right to enter the gym and smash your goals as the next person!
  • New active wear, nothing screams confidence and motivation like a new set of gym clothes. And hey, any excuse to go shopping right?
  • Set goals for yourself, and ignore the stereotypes!

women gym breaking stigma

Why women should attend the gym?

  • Health! All aspects of it. Your mental and physical health will dramatically change once you let go of the stigma surrounding women in the gym and start enjoying yourself.
  • Increased metabolism and strength.
  • You’ll burn more calories!
  • Stress will decrease and you’ll be feeling much happier.
  • Weight loss and muscle gain.
  • Heart health, stronger bones and a better quality of life!

women gym breaking stigma

There are so many benefits to attending the gym regularly, and busting away from the cardio gear and repetitive classes we love to hate. By using the machines and free weights or even the ‘functional area’ of the gym you are beginning your journey to gym freedom. Not only are you letting go of the fear to step outside of your comfort zone you are also on your way to becoming that strong, healthy, confident version of yourself.

So, go and lift like a girl… in whatever area of the gym you want!

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Skip Exercise When I Have a Cold, Right?

If you’re up to your armpits in tissues then exercise is usually the last thing in your mind, and this is a fair call when you’re trying to fight something off then putting your body under extra stress can do more harm than good, but sometimes light to moderate exercise is just what the doctor ordered. Learn when you should skip your workouts and when you shod suck it up and train.

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To exercise?

Being sick doesn’t always mean you have to put a halt to your workout routine. The best way to judge if you should skimp on a workout is by doing the “neck test”, this is simply judging your own symptoms, basically if your symptoms are above your neck such as the sniffles, sneezy or sinus pressure then your good to go. If your symptoms are more severe or below your neck then you get a free pass, but only until you feel better.

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Ways to train when you’re sick

Try some of the following exercises when you’re feeling under the weather, but remember to listen to your body and go slow or you could end up with a longer or more severe cold.

  1. Walk

When we are sick our energy levels usually deplete but a light walk will help restore your energy and it can even help relive cold symptoms. When we walk out in the fresh air we force more air into our noses which can help to relive a blocked and stuffy nose.

  1. Jogging

If you normally jog or run then this is easy and safe to keep up with. Just like walking jogging can help decongest our noses and have us feeling better faster. Just scale back the intensity of your jog to allow your body more time to recover.

  1. Yoga

Yoga is another great form of exercise when we are sick.  When we are sick our body releases stress hormones into the body and yoga will defiantly help you to rid relax and rid your body of excess cortisol. Yoga should also help to boost your immunity because of its relaxing nature.

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Don’t

Although some forms of exercise are safe enough when you’re sick there are also some exercises that should be avoided. The following examples are a no go zone when you’re sick, especially if you want to get better anytime soon.

  1. Running and endurance training

Even if you’re a serious marathon runner, going for a run while you’re sick should be avoided. It doesn’t give our bodies enough time to recover and you can end up feeling worse.

  1. Gym

Nobody wants to be in an enclosed space with someone who is constantly sniffing away. Using weights and weight machines will also put too much stress on your body while it’s trying to fight against infection, you also won’t be able to lift as efficiently while you’re feeling like crap so you are more prone to injury. So stay clear of the gym until your 100% better.

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Conclusion

So unless you have a fever, vomiting and muscle aches (or something worse) it’s perfectly fine to keep up with training, just take it easy, listen to your body, make sure you drink enough water and get plenty of rest.

Don’t let a cold hold you back.