This Girl Can Case Study
[testimonial author=”Lizzie”]Don’t over push yourself and don’t set yourself a target that is unlikely to be achieved. Set yourself a few sessions at the beginning, and if you continue to do that then perhaps put more on your list. If you try to do more than you can, you could fail and give up on it altogether.
What activity or sport do you regularly participate in?
Longboarding, and I am trying to attend the gym or a class 3 times a week after the This Girl Can scheme as I love the feeling of working all of my muscles.
What do you love most about physical activity?
I used to love the feeling of being a part of the team, and learning new sports. Now I love the feeling that I am trying to improve my health, and that working my muscles helps strengthen them.
Can you tell us about your favourite activity or sport you currently do, why you enjoy it and what’s it’s like to take part in?
I have not taken part in sports in a long time, but I used to love to play netball and rounders. I loved working with people and taking part in competitions, the sense of achievement when I performed well. This Girl Can scheme has made me think about that.
Can you tell us how you got involved in physical activity?
This Girl Can helped me relive what it is like being involved in physical activity, something that I had forgotten about.
What do you think the biggest challenge is for women participating in physical activity?
For all, I believe it is that feeling that you already have to do a lot during university and adding to your ongoing list seems a chore rather than pleasure. But for women, it is this and having a fear that you won’t be able to keep up with others and feeling insecure in a gym session.
What motivates you to regularly continue participating in physical activity?
I now feel motivated because I, including most women, want to stay fit and healthy because of how noticeable it is on your body. I want to be able to keep up with others and not being embarrassed of my cardio and I also want to feel the kicks of feeling more energetic and fit on a day to day basis. The feeling of achievement after a gym class is also something that can’t be replaced.
How do you balance your studies/work, your social life and your physical activity?
Every Sunday I look at my timetable, and create a list of everything that I want to achieve by the next Sunday. I schedule in my work shifts first, as they are the least flexible then, I pick three gym classes that fit nicely with my lectures and shifts. I look at my spare hours and decided what University work I can do around these hours. This leaves me with some time to spend with friends and my significant other, and I can relax or get on with house chores after I have completed my tasks for the day.
If you could give one bit of advice to those thinking of getting involved in physical activity, what would it be?
Don’t over push yourself and don’t set yourself a target that is unlikely to be achieved. Set yourself a few sessions at the beginning, and if you continue to do that then perhaps put more on your list. If you try to do more than you can, you could fail and give up on it altogether.
This Girl Can is a national campaign developed by Sport England, encouraging women of all abilities to get active. Returning between the 19th- 25th of November, the week has loads of ways for you to get involved. Partnering with UPSU for the week, we have a great range of opportunities available. From FREE gym sessions to sport sessions to trying your hand at ‘Strictly’ style dancing, there is something for every girl.
The sessions are more focused on breaking down barriers, keeping you happy and healthy than your ability, so give it a go. There’s no judgement, so forget about your face getting red, remembering the steps and just get involved! Because after all #fithappens.
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