International Women’s Day is observed on March 8 and honors the social, cultural, economic, and political achievements of women worldwide. It celebrates women’s unique role in history as well as their ongoing displays of courage and determination. The day aims to help end discrimination based on gender. Though women’s rights are improving in certain parts of the world, there are many places where people continue to oppress women. The hope is that the momentum gained on International Women’s Day will propel people to work toward change well beyond the March observance.
More roles for women
As women’s rights have increased, we see a gradual narrowing of the gap between the treatment of men and women. Women are now entering career fields that were once the domain of men. They are active participants in politics, business, the armed services, and sports.
In the gym, more women are entering the arena of intense physical activity. We see women pumping iron to build a muscular body, an idea that used to be frowned upon in the recent past. Now in the gym, it’s not uncommon to see the same number of men and women lifting weights and delving into heavy cardiovascular exercise.
Gender equality in the gym
Historically, men would go to the gym to build muscles while women would participate in less rigorous physical activities, but the clamor for gender equality has blurred the lines between fitness pursuits. Today, you may see a husband and wife participating together in a broad range of activities—from yoga classes to intense iron-pumping.
People who work out with others have been shown to have more effective workout sessions than those who work out individually. When a couple shares a common interest in fitness, specifically in building muscles, they can exercise safely and efficiently and build their relationship in the progress. You can spot for your partner and keep him or her motivated throughout the duration of the workout.
Head to the gym with your partner on March 8. Honor International Women’s Day by working for gender equality in the realm of physical fitness.