This empowering exercise guide is big on attitude, giving plus-size women the motivation and information they need to move their bodies and improve their health.
Hanne Blank—a fellow plus-size girl who’s been there and has the worn-out sports bras to show for it—will help you discover activity that works for you no matter what your size or current fitness level. Whether you choose to do yoga, pump iron, walk your dog, play Wii Fit, hire a personal trainer, or just run errands by bicycle, Hanne will provide specifically tailored advice on:
• Finding movement that feels great, physically and emotionally
• Choosing a gym
• Facing the trail, pool, park, or locker room
• Overcoming fear and shame
• Sourcing plus-size workout gear
• Getting the nutrition you need and avoiding common injuries
• Fighting fat prejudice and uninvited comments
Featuring incendiary acts like “Flail proudly,” and “Claim the right to be unattractive (just like anybody else),”
Hanne serves up years of hard-won fitness advice with humor and self-acceptance. With motivating lists like “30 Things to Love About Exercise (None of Which Have Anything to Do with Your Weight, Your Size, or What You Look Like),” this call to action will get you up and moving in no time!
Personal trainer Blank (Big Big Love) describes herself as a lifelong fat girl who has never weighed less than 200 pounds in her adult life. So this book is "not about getting thin." Rather, Blank believes that it is quite possible to improve health and stay healthy at any body size (she cites the HAES "Health at Every Size" approach, first introduced by nutritionist Linda Bacon, to shore up her argument). In this empowering and informative book Blank contends that it's a fat woman's birthright to move and enjoy her body. Instead, society stigmatizes people of size (many gyms, the author points out, are actually built with the needs of those who are already fit in mind). She takes readers through the ups and downs of exercising, including such topics as literally how to get up off the floor, the right bra, and how to shop for a "fat-friendly" gym. Blank addresses the pros and cons of various indoor and outdoor sports, solo exercise, team sports, and includes such "stealth exercises" as taking the stairs instead of the elevator and walking the dog. Exercise, Blank writes, is about developing a healthy relationship with your body: "Movement gives your body back to you." Plus-size women hoping to focus on overall health and well-being will welcome Blank's personable, fun, and frank guide to staying fit and active.