25 Things Fat People Shouldn't Do is an unabashed middle finger to the preposterous idea that any human who weighs more than the status quo does not deserve to live a full and well rounded (ahem) life. The list of 25 is composed word for word from direct lists of sheer assholery found on the internet. These range from the absurd to the profoundly shameful, and I will be disproving this offensive notion with style. Feel free to join in on the fun, and if you do, link at the bottom so I can share. May the Chub Club live long and prosper!
This is a pretty loaded "Shouldn't".
Whenever you discuss fat people and health, there tends to be a strong opinion on both sides. I love to bash fatty myths so lets lay this one out to dry: the idea that all large people are sedentary and live life free of exercise is a load of baloney. Throughout my online travels, I've gotten to know many advocates that live a physically rigorous lifestyle and many of them teach it as well. Louise Green is a perfect example and one of my new favorite humans (we're working on an awesome project together!). She is a proud plus athlete, runs a training program called Body Exchange and is constantly participating in half marathons as well as hiking the North Shore mountains in Canada. She is fit and fat, which this is more common than you believe. I don't run marathons (boobs be damned) but I was a swim team champion for the majority of my young fat life, and now I enjoy yoga and bicycle riding when it's not a million degrees outside.
The interesting part about this "Shouldn't" is that public consensus says that fat people should just exercise more to become skinner, yet we're not allowed to run, jump, bicycle, dance, or work out. Hmmm. No one is obligated to exercise, and the most productive way of loving ourselves is starting right now no matter the shape were in... but we are also allowed to move our bodies any way we damn well please. Endorphins are not just for the "worthy" group.
I've also come across some amazing exercise clothing companies which further encourage women to love their size while wearing active wear that fits frrealz. One of my recent favorites is Lola Getts and after trying on a few pieces I realized what I was missing. To pretend that my body is the same shape as everyone else's only leaves me pulling up my pants in yoga class and losing my focus while doing so. Lola (Getts) gets this. They make the clothing specifically for curves and are sure to double line the crotch, reinforce the waist, and tame the boobage that likes to flail while working out. I even wear the pants to work simply because they're so damn comfortable. Allowing large gals to have tailored active wear is just another revolutionary step towards dispelling those silly myths that we can't shake things up a bit. I for one, am loving having my body catered to.
Don't let my fat fool you. I'm a strong motherfucker, and my arms got muscle! It may not be defined but anything they can lift I can lift better. And my legs, well, they're powerhouses. Always have been, always will be. I bit the bullet and went for a short run today, even though at 8am it was already 90+ degrees. Didn't pass out. Didn't die. Did feel good.
Wanna join in? Go for a jog and then write about it. Be sure to tell your family that you love them first though... just in case you die while running. Because, y'know... fat people internally combust during any form of exercise; 'cause it just aint natural. Eye roll. Don't forget to link up at the bottom of this post! Now go kick some ass!