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'Moves' to more exercise; just tanni.

OVER New Year, I've been listening on the radio to people talking about their resolutions.

It's not that I don't have lots of things that I would like to change about my life, but one point in time doesn't make me change it.

I wish I didn't chew my thumb nails when I'm driving home really late at night. I wish I was better at going to bed at a sensible time and not staying up and watching pointless TV programmes.

Most people start the New Year wishing they hadn't eaten so much and wanting to be skinnier. Gym membership goes through the roof, but then quickly falls again when people realise how hard it is.

I've been in the USA over the holiday and it brought it home how unhealthy so many people here are. It's not just that it is hard to find food that is healthy, it is that unhealthy food is so cheap.

We went to one restaurant where a 32 oz drink of soda was just under a PS1. When we left we were given a drink the same size to take home, for no extra charge.

I don't think I've seen, even in all the years that I raced there, so many obese children.

The TV adverts around weight loss have picked up, with people losing as much as 150 pounds. That's me and my daughter put together.

Mind you, buying her a new pair of jeans, I've now realised that she is size zero which is fine for a ten year old, but this would be the waist size she would need to be if she wanted to be a catwalk model.

And that doesn't seem to be quite right either. We seem to be so screwed up about what size, weight and body image should be. Skinny doesn't necessarily mean healthy and vice versa.

Back in the UK, the Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) have launched a project called 'She moves', which is based on a real person, not a gold medal winning Olympian or Paralympian whose lives are so far removed from normal. They have all day to train and that is their jobs.

Most women have a million other things to do, which is what the programme is all about. Two thirds of women would do more exercise if they had a friend to do it with and this is about linking people and offering real support.

There are details on the WSFF web page and on Twitter and Facebook, and it shows that having fun, doing it with friends, and being consistent will be what makes a change.

And it's not about being skinnier as much as being healthier.


" Most women have a million other things to do, which is what the programme is all about
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jan 3, 2013
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