Every week plus size model and advocate of size diversity in fashion and body acceptance Marianne Nykjaer discusses a topic related to these concepts. Last week she discussed “Can you be fat ànd healthy?“. Today Marianne shares 5 fun workouts for curves.

[dropcap]When[/dropcap] you have a bigger size, it can sometimes be difficult to workout. Doubts and insecurities like “Can I even do this?” and “I’ll probably be the only bigger girl there and everyone will make fun of me” can hold you back. Which is a pity, because exercising can be so fun!

Work out because you LOVE your body, not because you HATE it

Working out gets even better when you don’t do it with the sole purpose of losing weight (that tends to lead to frustration and quitting, who wants that, right?), but just do it because it’s good for you. I always say “work out because you LOVE your body, not because you HATE it”.

I believe you can achieve anything if you just set your mind to it and listen to your body. At the same time I also know that not all sports are that friendly for a fuller figure. Running, for instance, can be quite hard on your joints. I personally like to run myself, but I take extra precautions to protect my body. Anyway, that’s why today I chose to share with you 5 exercises to keep your curves happy.

1. Walking

Huh, walking, is that even a sport? Yes, it is! Walking at a reasonably high pace is great for your cardiovascular system. If you walk fast enough, making you catch a breath, you’re in the perfect zone for optimal fatburn. Try walking for at least 30 minutes. It’s cheap, it’s available everywhere and everyone can do it. If you have a gym membership and want a bit more challenge: go hit the treadmill and put the inclination at 5-10%. Feel the burn baby!

Tip >> Run a pain-free 5 K

Fuck the haters! You’re fabulous, you’re there to take care of yourself and you have NOTHING to be ashamed of.

2. Swimming

A total body workout, a great combination of cardio and some strength (hello water resistance!) and superfriendly for your joints. Sports like water polo are also really great! Afraid to show yourself in public in a bathing suit? Fuck the haters! You’re fabulous, you’re there to take care of yourself and you have NOTHING to be ashamed of.

3. Strength and resistance training

Fuller people are often naturally strong, because their body adjusts to carrying around more weight. So why not exploit that natural advantage and try some strength and resistance training? Don’t worry that you’ll turn into a bodybuilder. Come on girls: if it was really that easy, all men would have perfect bodybuilder bodies, don’t you think? It will get you strong legs, a stronger core (perfect for those girls out there who are blessed with big boobs and the accompanying backpains) and toned curves. Win-win-win!

4. Rollerskating

workouts for your curves

It can be just as intense as running, but without the stress on your ankles and knees. Don’t be surprised if you have a lot of muscle ache at first ;). It’s a superfun way to train your legs, butt and core. Just don’t forget to wear protection!

5. Dancing

Don’t let your jelly hold you back from shaking it: big girls got moves too! Whether it’s hiphop, jazz, latin or (yes, really!) ballet: move that body! Still need more convincing? Check out fuller Glee star Amber Riley in the video above, working the Chacha on Dancing with the stars (oh: she won. Just saying. That girl can MOVE!).

I’m a big girl, I’m not small. But I think that it will be good for young girls to see somebody my size like actually actively trying to dance and throwing this weight around

Q: What sport do you like? Let me know in a comment!

Marianne Nykjaer

About Author

Marianne Nykjaer is a fashion lover, (plus-size) model and blogger. She mainly blogs about diversity in the fashion industry and body acceptance. She's quite into sports and passionate about (healthy) food, but her main focus is on mental health instead of physical health.

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