A fitness message we can all gain something valuable from.
An English author once noted – If it matters, it produces controversy. Maria Kang, a California fitness enthusiast and mom to three, has created a firestorm with a recent photo that has gone viral and blowing through social media. In the photo (above), Kang is positioned above her three young boys, proudly sporting her toned and defined–mommy of three body–covered only by two pieces of micro-candy workout attire.
So far, so good, right? Where’s the controversy? Inserted above the photo, Maria poses the bold, rather in-your-face question, “What’s Your Excuse?” Those three words are the heart of the controversy and have sparked an impassioned debate among armies of moms and others; on Facebook alone, more than 12,000 comments have been posted under the image. Many commenters support Kang’s style and delivery, while many others are outraged, calling her message everything from “bullying” to “fat-shaming.”
In her defense, Kang is unapologetic and has stated that shaming other moms or women was never the goal. She views the image and its message as motivational and intended to inspire other women to advance their fitness goals.
While many view controversy as something to be sidestepped, we at Skinny Ms., feel that we occasionally have a responsibility to weigh-in on topics that relate directly to our message, so that there is no ambiguity about where we stand.
Kang may very well have had the best of intentions in putting her fitness message before the world, and we can admire the hard work she clearly puts in to maintain a level of fitness that is often challenging for busy moms. However, in our pursuit of inspiring women to reach their fitness and esteem goals, we have learned that we need to be very careful about the words we choose in delivering our message. Words that are intended to motivate can just as easily alienate.
With this being said, some of us may be wired in such a way that words, like Kang’s, will motivate us to take positive action. On the other hand, there are also many among us who will feel damaged, ashamed, or knocked-down by such words. We, at Skinny Ms., feel strongly that any message that aims to inspire should never run the risk of alienating any of those who it seeks to motivate. We believe that attempting to inspire with harsh words is unnecessary when you can inspire so many more with words that are both motivating and uplifting all at once.
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Our message at Skinny Ms. is unchanged from the 1st day of our journey: love health, love fitness, but above all else, love yourself!
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