It’s not often an advert gets my attention. But this one certainly did. It is awesome on so many levels that I just felt I had to share it.
It is produced by Sport England and is part of a campaign called THIS GIRL CAN. (Follow the #ThisGirlCan hashtag on social media.) It’s aiming to encourage women into sport by showing that we, as women, shouldn’t care if we’re wobbly, or that we get sweaty and our mascara runs … the idea is that we should just crack on with it.
As an overweight, (approaching) middle-aged woman, this campaign speaks to me on so many levels. As you know, I’m a newbie cyclist and am on a waiting list to apply for the London to Brighton bike ride – that’s a whole other story! But I have to say, when it comes to sport, I’ve always been of the mindset that I don’t care what people think of me, as long as I’m happy doing what I’m doing, that’s what counts.
I’ll give you an example. I went out for a bike ride on Sunday (more about what happened that morning here), and it is probably the hardest ride to date. Even though Dexter wasn’t with me, which is hard enough in itself (suffice to say, he’s not a fan … YET!), the wind was against me and the whole journey proved really, really difficult. But I just remember finally making it to the top of the road where I live and freewheeling all the way down, feeling such exhilaration, that it made all the pain for the previous half hour worth it. It was a real Rocky moment! I must have looked ridiculous battling the elements in my bright pink, waterproof jacket, but I felt like I’d really accomplished something. I didn’t stop for breath once.
I’m not made for running. The ‘girls’ always complain when I do anything high impact, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t things I CAN do … it’s just a case of finding what suits. Cycling suits me (however long I carry on doing it for), and I’m very proud of myself for getting off the sofa and at least doing something, even if I look like a big, hot sweaty mess whilst doing it.
Quite frankly, if I can do it, you can too. Find something you’re passionate about! Dance. Swim. Run. Walk. Whatever it is … don’t be afraid.
I’m not usually one for joining groups for support, I’m a bit of a loner when it comes to sport, but I have chosen to hook up with a few friends who all happen to own Fitbits (it helps us monitor our steps), and I am really enjoying the competitive aspect! Plus, we’re there for each other if we need a kick up the bum 🙂
Take a look at this amazing video. There are also other videos on the This Girl Can website that profile some of the women involved – they all rock!