If I had to explain my relationship with exercise in a Facebook status it would say; it’s complicated. Being a plus size woman for most of my teenage and adult life my experience navigating the world has always been different. My body has always been seen as problem and my weight has always been seen as an indicator of my health. People with bigger bodies are seen as the ones that need help with 'health' yet we are continually excluded or shamed away from the very ‘fitness world’ that claims to improve wellbeing.
When people think about the wellness industry they might think about fancy smoothie bowls, beautiful women on yoga mats, fresh green juices and perfectly sculpted bodies and well, I don’t blame them. How can anyone see that there is more to the conversation that this, when that is the only view we are presented?
TO BE INCLUDED
My first post in this series is focusing on an exercise that I have come to love and that is Boxing. For the last few weeks I’ve been attending a community based boxing gym in South London where on Saturdays I take part in an hour long boxing exercise class. It’s the first gym setting where I’ve not felt judged in a long time, in fact I was welcomed in.
My group is so varied it includes women and men of all sizes, ages, and abilities. One of the women in my group is profoundly deaf and I was so impressed at how supportive the group is as a whole to making peoples individual experiences as positive and supportive as possible. For the first time in a long while I’ve enjoyed attending a group class and whilst I think that’s mostly due to the supportive setting today I also wanted to share with you some reasons why boxing itself has contributed to my positive experience.
1. You can channel frustrations into the bag
2. You find strength you didn’t know you had
3. It's great for mind concentration
WHAT AM I WEARING?
I am wearing size 3x which came up as oversized it is made of sweat wicking mesh which is really helpful for an activity like boxing
I am wearing size 3X and again this is an oversized fit by preference, this is super comfy and perfect for outdoor activity
The 3X is very generous and if you would prefer a smaller fit remain true to your size
These training shoes are really great, they are light and have great cushioning I have wife feet and these have good stretch
I chose to size up to a 3X in these leggings as I felt the 2X to be a little too tight around my stomach area. That said the idea of these are to keep you dry and comfortable and are described as a tighter fit PHOTOGRAPHY BY KAYE FORD