The idea that you have to look a certain way in order to be fit is delivered to us by adverts, social media, TV shows. The only women who get to be strong, healthy and love their bodies are size 6 Instagram models, clad head-to-toe in lycra with intimidating abs and an inexplicable thigh gap. It teaches us over and over again that this is the ideal female form. And anything that doesn’t fit the mould is wrong. Women of all ages, sizes, races and abilities can be strong, fit and unbelievably inspirational. But we never get to see them . . .
Stong Women Series - Metro
A huge study by Sport England found that 75% of women say fear of judgement puts them off being active. And 40% of women over the age of 16 aren’t meeting the recommended levels of weekly fitness. So it’s more important than ever for women to reclaim the narrative and celebrate their inner strength. Regardless of what they look like. As we appoarch #IWD2019 - this series aims to redefine what it means to be a strong woman. We will meet some of the incredible ladies who are challenging accepted norms every single day.
Andrea Newson is an autistic mum of two. Like many people with autism she struggles with the social elements of sport, but she refuses to let that stop her getting stuck in.
"Fitness and myself have a love-hate relationship. I love being fit and healthy but I also hate some of the restrictions that come with it – especially on the food front. I love food and a lot of healthy things just bore me to tears.
Which means I’m not always as fit as I could be with more effort. But I am getting better because I find with age, I have to pay a lot more attention to these things – exercise alone isn’t as effective as it was in my 20s. I got to the point I am now after some good, old fashioned hard work. After my third baby I was over the 130kg mark and was wondering how I could get back to the person and shape I was before I had any kids. Which is what so many women’s dream about after children."