Perhaps the headline is misleading, I’m not exactly battling being thin – my lifestyle means that it would be nothing short of a miracle if I was – but there are no words for how happy I am that the fashion world are embracing a new mantra…”fit not thin”.
When I was working in Australia earlier this year I noticed a stark difference in the ‘fashion girls’ of Melbourne and Sydney, they were slim – yes – but they weren’t thin. Nobody looked hungry and absolutely nobody looked skeletal. Instead, tanned toned legs showed off flexing muscles which revealed lunch breaks spent running and evenings spent swimming. There wasn’t that moody air that often hangs around the European and NY fash pack, usually caused quite simply from low blood sugars. In short, the Aussie women looked happy.
Now I’m not going to make a sweeping statement that implies Australians are happier and never count calories, but the cultural emphasis did seem to be on fitness than thinness. Of course, they have the benefit of living somewhere where year round outdoor activities are much more the norm…but it seems the trend for placing health and happiness above jean sizes is hitting our shores too.
As our sleb heroines are changing, The Sunday Times have thrown all their weight behind a Fit Not Thin campaign. Staggeringly, my own gym kit even made the newspaper last weekend! (See above pic, next to Jenifer Aniston – natch).
I’ve watched my life change dramatically since I took up swimming at Easter and being fitter has made me happier and healthier all round. I sleep better, I look better, I feel better. I’ve even found things like my asthma improving the more I work my lungs in the pool. I’m not going to be able to ditch my inhalers, but it’s amazing to feel like I’ve taken some control over my breathing.
So back to those ‘weapons’ of mine, head on over to my MSN column to read five simple ways that I’m striving to be fit not thin 🙂
Originally posted on MSN, read full article here.