Nothing is more empowering than having self-confidence. Being proud of the strong, powerful woman you see in the mirror every morning is something many find difficult to achieve.
Society puts a lot of pressure on women to look and act a certain way. Films, TV and magazines are filled with “flawless” women. These so-called ideals can be so unrealistic that it is easy for girls and women of all ages to quickly lose self-esteem.
Getting in shape should be about the desire to live a healthy lifestyle and making yourself feel stronger. It shouldn’t be about trying to replicate the airbrushed, and quite frankly unrealistic looking, model on a magazine cover.
Sport and fitness can empower women. Participating in sport and physical activity can help break down gender stereotypes, improve self-esteem and general well-being.
Women are far more visible in sports today than ever before. Here’s a fun fact, the 2012 London Olympic Games was the first in which women competed in all the sports featured!
The fear of judgement can prevent some women from getting active. Women of all ages, shapes and sizes have the power to change societies view of the “perfect woman” and inspire each-other.
Every day, I see amazing women come through the door to train, swim or play sport. Let’s celebrate these fierce and phenomenal women, breaking boundaries and breaking the mould, who do their thing.. no matter how sweaty they get!
Look in the mirror and repeat after me: I am strong, I am worthy, I am beautiful, I am
imperfect, I am me.
So what can you do?
Team up.. Get together to play badminton, squash or netball? We’ve got lots of sports facilities, just ask at reception or visit ohlc.co.uk/sports
Shake your booty.. our Zumba and AquaZumba classes are a great way to meet new people, get fit and have a laugh! You can view our fitness class timetable here ohlc.co.uk/fitnessclasses
Featured image: Rochdale Hockey Club – Ladies Team, proudly sponsored by Oulder Hill Leisure Complex. The team welcomes newcomers of all abilities rochdalehockeyclub.co.uk or contact RHC via facebook at facebook.com/rochdalehockey
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Girl. Power. The fear of judgement can prevent some women from getting active. This is one of our lifeguards Izzy, doing her thing at water polo! 🤽🏼♀️ Share your sweaty selfies to inspire women of all ages, abilities and shapes to get active. #thisgirlcan #empoweredwomen #strongwomen #ohlc
THIS GIRL CAN is a National Lottery funded campaign developed by Sport England to celebrate active women. It brings together stories, social media posts and inspiration on ways to get active from a plethora of women across the country.