Sunday, 13 July 2014

The Fat Girls Guide To Running

Fat girl exercises-Shocker!!

I'm a fat girl that exercises. That's not unusual, lots of fat people exercise, lots of fat people are fit. I can barely be bothered to hammer this point home because its a fact. I'm fat, I work out, I'm healthy. End of story.
The types of exercise I do are zumba,yoga,walking and a Davina DVD which proves once and for all that Ms Mcall is actually a sadist.
I'm not too fat too run-Mister Truffles on the other hand isn't a fan, except when chasing the cats

One exercise I've never really got into is running. I've tried it out a few times but didn't really enjoy it. Its hard. Runners are the bad asses of the keep fit world in my opinion, the rockstars. 
Running is all about stamina, endurance and really committing. This vaguely scares me.
Runners are bad ass

Another reason I think I never really took to running was because without realising it I brought into the notion that my top heavy short round body was not quite the stuff that runners are made of.
This is absolute hogswash and if you are thinking of taking up running but unsure how to begin check out the fat girls guide to running

Too fat to run? I don't think so

When these guys first approached me I was hesitant as I wondered if it wasn't vaguely patronising to have a website and blog created under the premise that fat women need specialist advice to run. Sure our legs may be fatter but the basic idea is the same isnt it? 
Sod other sneering runners

Once I looked into the site though I realised it was actually all about empowering plus size women who may feel too self concious to start running. 
Its written by Julie Creffield whose mission statement is rather fabulous
"Sod other sneering runners, running clubs that leave you behind and idiots who shout abuse – collectively we are on a mission to show that Fat girls run too!!"
Its me Julie

To this end Julie teaches workshops, organises Big fat run events and campaigns to brands to get more sportswear created in bigger sizes. Her blog is also full of tips on how to get started if your trainers are itching to be taken out for a spin.
This picture makes me laugh so much-This is not,  I repeat this is NOT a running technique

Will I take up running? I'm not sure, simply because I love zumba and yoga so much and its taken me years to find activities which get my heart beating fast and which I look forward to as a treat rather than a chore but if you are considering pounding the pavements and are reluctant because of your size check out "The fat girls guide to running" blog for tons of information,motivation and some rather cool tee shirts.




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3 comments:

  1. I love this! I've been looking for fat girl exercise guides to little avail. Thank you so much!

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  2. I moved to a village recently where everyone and their ma runs. I went for a run and almost died with the constant running faster and nodding 'morning' every time u passed a professional :p so it can be useful seeing then about :p I love your blog so much <3

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  3. I started running recently (I'm easy to spot in my Powerpuff Girls As Batman Villains t-shirt!) and was laughed at by some teenage girls. At first, I was really upset. Now I think, 'meh, OK.' I also recommend reading Running Like A Girl by Alexandra Hemminsley. It really inspired me. I've also been talking a bit about it on my blog. I'm still in the early stages (and not running much at the moment because IT'S TOO HOT), but a decent sports bra and pair of trainers is really all the kit you need, apart from clothes. Obv.

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