Women can now choose between many different fitness activities to feel more self-confident, strong, and empowered. Why would 'sexy' activities like pole dancing be considered particularly particularly liberating for women?
High intensity exercise programs such as CrossFit have attracted large amount of women exercisers. Many CrossFitters testify that their workout has changed their lives and allowed them to build strong, muscular bodies. But is Crossfit safe and empower exercise for women?
Physical activity has been proven to improve physical and psychological health. However, is any amount of exercise good? Too much exercise can prevent psychological well-being. When excessive exercise develops into exercise dependence, it becomes compulsive behaviour that controls the exerciser's life.
Confessions of feeling guilty about eating too much but exercising too little are particularly common among women and particularly after holidays. But do these feelings always motivate us to start working out or to sustain an exercise program beyond January? Is it possible to think about exercise without automatically feeling guilty?
Many women now work out with weights to reshape their bodies, but can visible musculature be feminine? Building 'feminine physique' continues to be a part of bodybuilding where women can now compete in bikini and fitness categories with emphasis on feminine presentation, not muscle size. Many women feel empowered, but also avoid becoming 'too big.'
Nearly all gyms have mirrors to improve physical exercise performance. The presence of mirrors can, however, reduce psychological benefits of exercise. Women's psychological wellbeing tends to me more affected by the presence of mirrors than men's wellbeing. How can mirrors be used for improved health benefits?
It is a common assumption that exercising certain areas of the body will reduce the surrounding fat storage in that area. It is also a biological fact that this is impossible. Why, then, do we continue to believe in 'spot reduction?'
Many women exercise to lose weight and tone up. However, over the last 30 years, a strong connection between striving for the thin and toned ideal body and high prevalence of women's body dissatisfaction has been established. With this medical evidence, is there now less pressure to workout for the perfect body shape?
With a promise to build the long, lean muscles of a ballerina, Barre classes have become one of the latest fitness trends. Do these workouts really work? Is it possible to turn out looking like a ballerina in a fitness class?
Many exercisers are looking for alternatives to conventional fitness forms such as aerobics or weight training. Mindful fitness is advertised as one such alternative. What does being mindful about one's exercise mean?
Many exercisers find it difficult to follow group exercise programs that require participants to move together in one unit. Are the benefits to learning to act as a group or do these classes produce mindless followers?
Group exercise classes are often filled with women. Some might claim that these types of classes are more for socializing than for serious workouts. However, some men also participate in group exercise. Do they participate in different reason from women? What do women get out exercising in a group?
Group exercise participants and their instructors are mainly women. Many of the popular, profitable exercise brands are, however, created by men. Why don't women succeed in leading the fitness business similar to men?
What should men's exercise program look like if designed by women? In a recent issue of the British GQ, Olympic gold medalist Jessica Ennis draws from her experiences as a female elite athlete to give men workout advice. Jessica's program focuses on building a six-pack and the 'guns' in addition to weight loss. Is this the ideal male body that women prefer?
Standardized exercise classes such as Bodypump and Zumba have become very popular. They are based on pre-choreographed movements to provide good workouts and be fun as well. Why are they so popular? Can everyone enjoy them?
Instructors often ask if exercisers are having fun during their class. At the same time, we know that many participants do not enjoy exercise and can't wait have their workout done and over with. Why does exercise need to be fun? What does having fun while exercising mean?
We are often encouraged to 'work harder' in our exercise sessions. It is sometimes difficult to know when one is simply pushing one's body and when one is damaging it by overdoing. But can one work hard without being in pain? What is the difference between 'good' and 'bad' pain?