What comes to mind when you’re asked to define a woman’s beauty? When I think of the most beautiful women in my life, these are the descriptive words I would use:
Character * Wisdom * Caring Smile * Strength * Confidence * Sincerity * Compassionate * Determined * Genuine
Some of the moments I have felt most beautiful are when I’ve accomplished something challenging: in school, in my work as a social worker fighting for those without a voice, or in sports and running. The most recent experiences were my first marathon a year ago, and my first triathlon this summer.
Both took discipline, training, and hard work. Both left me feeling strong, determined, and confident.
The things that have made me feel strong, confident, and determined this week are mostly physical:
- the amazing feeling post-run, coming in the door sweaty and happy
- connecting with the participants in my spin class
- running 800 repeats last night with a new running group
- connecting with friends, my husband, my daughter through a shared meal or special family activity
Research shows that an active lifestyle boosts a young girl’s confidence and self esteem, making her more likely to be successful in school and to be content with herself. Now as a mom of a little girl, I want that for my daughter! Whether or not she plays sports, I want her to find her strength and know her worth and her beauty comes from within.
It’s certainly true that not every woman will find her strength and confidence through a physical outlet, but I think it’s safe to say that those who do pursue a physical goal will also find a new-found appreciation of self.
Have you seen the What’s Beautiful campaign at Under Armour? I love that they are challenging women to redefine beauty, and to realize how physically strong they are. Anyone can join- you simply set a personal goal and document your journey with videos or photos along the way.
Each week, Under Armour is giving out swag bags of gear to women who are crushing their goals. On November 6, they will select the top 20 women and choose the final ten a few weeks later to win a trip to Florida to work with elite trainers and nutrition experts and to be pampered with spa treatments!
Even if you are not interested in signing up, it’s inspiring to follow these women on their journeys and consider your own goals.
Personally, I’m getting excited (and nervous) about a ten mile race one week from Sunday! And beyond that, I am considering working my way back up to another full marathon in January. I still want to smash my last time and qualify for Boston. And I plan to feel beautiful and strong in the process!
What words would you use to define beauty?
Does physical activity make you feel strong and confident and beautiful?
Fitfluential LLC compensated me for this campaign. All opinions are my own.