As women living in today's society, the pressure to live up to an unattainable standard of beauty has never been more intense. Our culture conditions us to strive for a fictionally perfect aesthetic, encouraging women to go on cruel diets and undertake grueling workouts, fooling us into believing our healthy, capable bodies will never be enough.
For much of my teenage life I was one of those girls whose relationship with the gym revolved around a hatred for my body. I saw it as a punishment for eating too much or doing too little, for being neither thin enough nor worthy of love. Since developing a true appreciation for my body and all that it can do, I now realize just how many other reasons I have for exercising.
Regardless of fat loss or muscle growth, I now work out for mental sanity, for the benefit of my health, and for its ability to make me feel like a strong, confident, empowered female. After all those years I spent desperate to shrink, I have finally found a way to grow from exercise instead.
Women who strive for the "perfect" body need to be shown that their dream aesthetic does not exist. They need to understand that movement is a blessing, not a curse, and that their worth is not based upon the jean size they wear. They need to find the workouts that are not only fun but that encourage them to become the most confident version of themselves.
So the next time you're trying to muster the motivation to train or you feel like your workouts are becoming a punishment for the way you look, try one of the workouts below to put the fun back into exercise and bring out your sense of female empowerment.
I promise they will have you feeling like the strong, confident, badass woman you are in no time.