Practical Fitness

In a world as unpredictable as it is spontaneous, women are in a constant state of confusion. Women strive to be “beautiful” to society’s standards (mostly men), but not too “forward,” as to not lead people’s assumptions of their character astray. The desire to look psychically fit is undeniable, and “sexy” for women has become paramount, as it “guarantees” job success, a vivacious social life and an overall better acceptance from society.

According to Dove skin care, a recent study unveiled that “only two percent of thousands of women from 10 countries around the world consider themselves beautiful.” In addition, a recent survey conducted by Glamour magazine states, “Our research found that, on average, women have 13 negative body thoughts daily—nearly one for every waking hour. And a disturbing number of women confess to having 35, 50 or even 100 hateful thoughts about their own shapes each day.”

As if the mental images of what our bodies should look like isn’t menacing enough, we have to worry about walking to our cars at night; mace in one hand, keys in the other. Ultimately, we have surrendered our autonomy to deal with the dangers of society.

“We all know that exercising and eating a balanced diet is ideal for a healthy, attractive body (ho-hum). But what if we could get firm thighs while learning to defend ourselves?

Any woman who is looking for empowerment and fun, both physically and mentally, should look into self-defense-oriented fitness classes. They teach women how to fight back, combat and subdue potential attackers. They are fun and engaging, so rather than focusing on “squats” and “pulls,” you’ll be learning how to kick, punch and flip-over attackers (even sounds fun, right?!)  You get to meet and partner up with other women like yourself, adding an element of competition, which only adds to the excitement.

The physical exertion of practical fitness yields nicer skin, a healthier and more fit body, more energy, more friendship, and best of all- more confidence!

Check out some of your options as defined by Wikipedia:

  • Boxing – “is a martial art and combat sport in which two people engage in a contest of strength, speed, reflexes, endurance and will by throwing punches with gloved hands.”
  • Kick Boxing– “is a group of martial arts and stand-up combat sports based on kicking and punching.”
  • Judo – “the objective is to either throw or take down opponents to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet, as well as weapons defenses, are a part of judo.”
  • Jiu Jitsu– “is a Japanese martial art and a method of close combat for defeating an
    armed and armored opponent in which one uses no weapon or only a short weapon.”
  • Karate – “is a striking art using punching, kicking, knee strikes, elbow strikes and open
    hand techniques such as knife-hands, spear-hands,and palm-heel strikes. In some
    styles, grappling, throws, joint locks, restraints, and vital point strikes are also taught.”
  • Taekwondo– “combines combat and self defense techniques with sport and exercise.
    In 1989, Taekwondo was the world’s most popular martial art.”


by Alexandra Meehan


Have you ever found yourself in a situation where one of these skills may have helped?  I certainly have.