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?