75% of women would like to be more active, reported Sport England last year. Concerns about fear of judgement, embarrassment about ability and worries about appearance being cited as some of the obstacles.
Out of this was born the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign. Full of confident body positive images of women enjoying fitness for fun. The aim to encourage women to participate in exercise.
A few weeks ago I wrote about barriers to exercise for parents. Not a piece of research, simply reflections from my own experience.
As a result I set up a Facebook group for parents to share motivation and information about local and online facilities and resources. Time, knowledge and motivation being some of the obstacles to exercise.
Confidence is another concern of mine. I don’t know for sure how much this troubles other new parents, but I’m certain I can’t be the only one to have fretted over my pelvic floor, worried about my wobbly tummy, and wondered just how to cope with breastfeeding induced jiggliness.
So just for fun I’m going to start a parental equivelant of #thisgirlcan.
Admittedly on a much smaller scale, but I’ll be sharing celebratory pictures of exercise and health achievements with confidence boosting quotes as part of a #thismumcan and #thisdadcan project.
Of course I would love for this project to have a positive impact and to inspire parents with confidence. But if nothing else it should be a celebration of the fun involved in fitness and health.
It would be great to have as many people as possible to join in. If you have any pictures of health or fitness related achievements you’d like to celebrate, or a few words around body confidence I would love to share and promote them.
If you don’t have any little ones but would like still like to contribute of course I’m happy to include you too.
Do get in touch via any social media or email via my contact page.
This Mum can & this Dad can!