These Mums and Dads can

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!

4 thoughts on “These Mums and Dads can

  1. The monkeyfooted Mummy June 1, 2015 / 8:04 am

    I shall join this group thanks, I’m on a Alimming World Jorney at the moment but also trying to do more toning and fitness thank you

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  2. NorthEastFamilyFun (@NEFamilyFun) June 1, 2015 / 1:26 pm

    Such a great project Rachel – I really want to try and increase my fitness again and get back to where I was when I just had two children not three and went to the gym three times per day. We are planning on re-joining when my youngest starts full time school in September but I am keen to get started as soon as we can – time and childcare are our barriers so will be seeking inspiration from other parents xx

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    • tenminutesspare June 1, 2015 / 8:11 pm

      Thank you 😊. It genuinely is so difficult. I only have two and am currently on maternity leave and it’s still hard to find the time! I do find that telling myself I’m only going to do a really quick workout makes me much more likely to do it (and usually I keep going for longer once I’ve started) . I genuinely love running which helps but I definitely get a huge amount of inspiration from others. Good luck with your goals and I hope some of the mumsthatcan help with a bit of motivation. Perhaps I’ll be featuring you as one of them soon! 😉


  3. Gillian Lewis (@SpectrumGillian) June 1, 2015 / 3:09 pm

    Best of luck with the campaign. Motivation is everything with exercise I find. I’ve found pilates and swiss ball classes I love and have been going to for years, but getting to the gym or running I have challenges with, especially since I had a knee operation last year. One day….

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