Benefits of a Bicycle

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

I had no idea how beneficial riding a bicycle could be. I am, for the most part, in walking distance of most of the places I need to go. I decided to start riding a bicycle to save time, little did I know how much more quickly it was going to get me places! I am hoping to soon start riding around town (with a helmet and lights) and expand my cycling paths. I didn’t realise that walking really doesn’t do a whole lot for my physical fitness until I hopped on my bike and started riding it for a few weeks. Now I know! I walked somewhere today that I’ve been biking to and it seemed to take such a long time. The resistance a bike provides is great and suddenly hills appear everywhere (they were there the whole time, but walking you don’t see them as much)!

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Being Naturally Skinny Makes Me Lucky…and Weak

January 28, 2012 § 8 Comments

At least that’s what this image purports: 

I disagree. 

I am one of those ‘naturally skinny’ girls. Call me ‘lucky’ if you want, but don’t be delusional: this skinny requires upkeep. Sure, it’s just genes, good eating, and a lot of exercise.  Simply being naturally skinny does not make me lucky. Sure, it could be said I have an easier time fitting with the modern culture than girls who have had to work to be thin, but that does not mean I don’t pay attention to what I eat or how much I exercise. For a time, I had a personal struggle feeling as though I had to maintain being thin because that is what people expected of me. It took me awhile to realise that it’s far more important to be healthy and fit than skinny. It’s much more of a challenge to be fit than skinny.

This image also says to me, the skinny girl, that I am not strong. 

That statement is a complete lie. Maybe my fight isn’t for skinny, it’s for a healthy, fit me. As a long distance runner in high school, I was one of the first people to arrive to track practice and one of the last to leave. Running around 20 miles a week, yoga, lifting weights, or other exercise during the week, daily bike riding, would you call that weak? My build does not allow me to put on much muscle and I am not fast, but I have two things that help me do what I do: Endurance and Heart. Like I said, I am not fast, but I can last a very long time. When the other girls are tiring out, I’m just getting going. It takes me running about a mile or two and stretching before I feel warmed up. Heart is most important; I absolutely love what I do. Exercising is something that I cannot live without. Whenever I go for a stretch without it, my legs start begging me to go for a run, not to mention the energy boost.

I hear about a lot of people that don’t like working out and I don’t know whether to say “Don’t do it” or “Shut up and get over it.” What do you want more: to go home and eat junk food or get to the point where you don’t get winded going up and down stairs?

First: fit is always better than skinny. Second: skinny girls have to work to be fit just like curvy girls. Skinny is what society seems to demand, but is that what is best for YOU? Some women look so much more beautiful with a few extra pounds. For others, it’s not even extra weight, it’s how she is built. I have friends that are curvy, fit young women and they are gorgeous; I envy them sometimes. Love the body you have and do what is best for your personal fitness.

 

Two side notes:

1) I do not believe in ‘luck’

2) I have heard similar things to this several times before and this image is the straw that broke the camel’s back. I found this image on Tumblr and I don’t know if the Tumblr that posted this image made it or not, so no hate there please.

Thank you for reading my opinion on this, I would like to hear what anyone else has to say.

~M

 

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