Empower: To give power or influence, to promote self-actualization. To make strong and confident in one's life and in claiming their rights.
Do you know how much I love this word? Well I do, a lot! Its definition includes 3 of my absolute favorite words and ones I live by and say every day. Power. Strength. Confidence. Empowerment puts the strength in Strength and Sunshine. Empowerment is something we all hold within us, but sometimes it lies hidden until we realize just how to claim our empowerment and let it guide us in our every day lives.
To women, empowerment may not feel as innate and accessible at first. Women have been seen as weak, timid, submissive, and easily taken advantage of. Women are portrayed all to often as powerless and without the confidence to stand up for themselves or even independent enough to take care and provide for themselves. To me, that's just unacceptable and needs to change. Women can and ARE empowered, they just need to discover it within themselves and encourage their fellow females to do the same.
Today I'm excited to be partnering with Swoob to promote their empowered women campaign with SABRE and how an active lifestyle can help empower women and increase their safety. You already know that I am a huge advocate for women's fitness and not being scared to lift heavy, find release, or go the distance. To be empowered you need the confidence that you can take care of yourself and be safe. Fitness can give you all of that and more. In the form of strengthening the muscles, stretching the body, preventing injury, learning how to fuel and nourish yourself, how to establish mental toughness, break barriers, and give the greatest most everlasting confidence possible.
As a young college aged woman (in a big city, no less), feeling empowered has never been more essential. With sexual assault being seemingly on the rise and prominent in the news lately, it is never far from my mind that women's safety must be talked about and empowerment must be spread. No matter what age a woman is, she should never feel powerless or weak. She should never be scared to speak up and stand up.
This story, written by Alana Maiello, called We Are All Survivors, says it all. A young, "fragile" girl, taken advantage of and then didn't speak up. But she has learned now it doesn't have to be this way. She could have used her empowerment to fight back, speak up, and never give up. Her story is powerful and she wants all women to know that we are all survivors, we are strong, and we should never give up. We are empowered. Empowered together as women.
I have never been in a situation where I felt powerless or where my safety was compromised, but I feel like I know my confidence and strength enough that I will use every ounce of power in me to never give-up and to stand-up. I may only be 18 (19 in a few weeks), but I know I am worth it. I know that as a woman, it is my duty to help spread the empowerment I feel and help other's find it themselves. One of the biggest teachers of this empowerment has been my active lifestyle and fitness. That's why it is so important for all women to live an active lifestyle.
Through my strength training I have learned just how strong my body, the female body, is. Lifting weights is still thought of as a "male thing", but that is so far from the truth. I think by just getting women to embrace this form of fitness can, no, it WILL, increase feelings of empowerment. There is nothing better than being able to squat double your body weight or lift 60 pounds over your head. Strength training actually shows you that your body is strong and can fight back.
Through my yoga practice I have learned the beauty of confidence. Once I learned to trust my body to not let me down, my confidence increased ten-fold. Twisting and holding my body in the most complex positions shows me that believing I can do something and having the confidence to try, will result in success. It may take a few tries, but I would never let myself give-up. Giving up is failure and there is no confidence in failure.
Through my short stint with running, HIIT, and miles of biking, I have learned just how much endurance and mental toughness I have. When your body requires you to keep pushing on, through miles, minutes, and hours, it takes a lot to keep telling yourself that you can. To stay strong, even when you feel like stopping, but no matter how fast or slow you go, you don't, you never give-up.
For me, fitness has empowered me and will keep empowering me. That's what I love about it so much. Not only is it important and great for the body physically, but it is important in self-worth and your mental state. Every woman needs to adopt an active lifestyle, no matter what that might include. Strength training, Crossfit, yoga, running, jogging, biking, surfing, hiking, whatever.
One of Swoob's missions is to help women in this journey of self empowerment. "We inspire women to change the world. We believe that women have incredible potential and that healthy living helps unlock that power. Confidence, strength, and love is the core of what we do and create." That's why they create such beautiful athletic wear to keep women feeling confident while they empower themselves though fitness. I love that concept and that's why I am proud to wear Swoob's Dragonfly Sports Bra. It always helps to wear something comfortable while I'm increasing my empowerment through fitness. I'm sure all women want to feel the same way and Swoob has created their brand to do just that.
Together, as women, active and fit women, we can help each other along the journey to finding, learning, and continually gaining self empowerment and confidence. Together we can support each other so that we never give-in or give-up. Let's make a pact to keep each other active, healthy, strong, and confident. We are survivors and thrivers.
So tell me:
+ What makes you feel empowered?
+ How will you help support other women in finding empowerment?
**This post is part of my partnership with Swoob. All opinions and thoughts are my own and I am proud to be raising awareness.**
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