Whether we realize it or not, as women we carry a lot of social, emotional, cultural and familial baggage about our self-worth—which in turn affects our ability and motivation to be physically active and take care of ourselves.
Some common messages we often carry inside us include:

  • I don’t have time to take care of myself. I have to take care of my family.
  • I don’t like my body.
  • I shouldn’t spend money on myself.
  • I’m not motivated.
  • I don’t have time.
  • I’m not physically strong.
  • I’m uncoordinated.
  • I don’t like to exercise by myself.
  • Aging makes me more unattractive.

There are also more practical barriers to physical activity to overcome. These include:

  • Inclement weather
  • Childcare costs
  • Access to fitness facilities
  • Pain/injury/physical challenges

As we discuss the books we’ve read, participants support one another in revealing and breaking down our barriers. Fit Minded enhances feelings of self-worth, which motivates women to be more physically active, which in turn leads to better health and quality of life—and even more self-worth!

Is there a difference between physical activity and exercise?

Our goal at Fit Minded is to help women become more physically active, which can mean lots of simple things. If you park at the far end of the parking lot when you shop or take the stairs instead of the elevator at work, you’re choosing to be physically active. Exercise, on the other hand, is a structured, planned session of physical activity. We hope Fit Minded participants will eventually do both, but our main goal is to promote physical activity.

Next step

Learn about Self-Worth and Fit Minded.