I believe that every woman has an ongoing love-hate relationship with her body. Sometimes we, women, love, appreciate and nurture our bodies and at times we criticize, condemn and even abuse our bodies by not doing our best to eat right, exercise and appreciate our bodies.
It came as no surprise to me that Maria Kang who is known as the “hot Facebook mom” came under fire when she basically told women that they had no excuse for being overweight and unfit. Having said that, I do think there is some validity to what both Kang and her critics said. On one hand, Kang makes an excellent point; wives and mothers should not use their children and families, nor their busy work lives as an excuse to neglect their health and wellness. On the other hand, I know first hand that it can be a tremendous challenge to balance marriage and family life with working, especially if you work full time, with also taking time to work out and prepare healthy and nutritious meals.
At the end of the day, if I had to choose a side I am leaning towards, I would pick Kang’s side. While I have my own challenges with maintaining my health and wellness goals, I certainly do not take issue with her message. Instead, I am both inspired and motivated by it.
Below, The Huffington Post shares information about her new movement, the “No Excuse Moms Movement,”:
The campaign encourages moms to gather for regular, free workouts in public spaces.
“I feel like all the backlash was worth it,” Kang told Yahoo! Shine. “I feel like my original image and message sparked an international dialogue that woke people up and made them question their excuses. … I strongly believe that health starts at home and that in order to raise a healthy child, you need to be a healthy parent.”
On Tuesday, Kangs shared a scantily clad photo to promote this movement, featuring arrows pointing to her supposed stretch marks and notes highlighting her busy lifestyle.