For ages, sports have been associated more with men than women. Most of the priorities, facilities, opportunities and even funding are directed towards sports which involve men as opposed to women. Even the vast coverage of sports by the media is usually focused on men while most of sports bodies are usually constituted by men being the majority. This does not necessarily mean that women can’t participate in sports or that there are most fans don’t love to watch women participating in sports activities. On the contrary, fans love to watch women participate in sports but they usually never get that chance because of the little attention and coverage.
Formerly this website belonged to Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) of United Kingdom an organization which was founded in 1984 and re-launched in 2007 as Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation (WSFF) hence they moved to a new domain wsff.org.uk where you can find more information about their activities.
Basically, the organization was dedicated to improving and promoting opportunities for women and girls in sports and physical activities. They were committed to improving, increasing and promoting opportunities for women and girls – in all roles and at all levels – in sport, fitness and physical activity through advocacy, information, education, research and training. The foundation campaigned for change at all levels of sport through raising awareness and influencing policy.
Since 1984, the Women’s Sports Foundation had been involved in a variety of projects to promote women’s sport. These have included:
- The Women’s Sports Foundation Awards for Girls and Young Women, sponsored by Tampax, which provided £100,000 in grants to young sportswomen during 1992 and 1993.
- Training for Britain’s top sportswomen on working with the media, attracting sports sponsorship, employment opportunities in sport and recreation, and receiving benefits from sports science support.
- The National Action Plan for Women’s and Girls’ Sport and Physical Activity (1999-2001). The WSF National Action Plan advocated a multi-agency approach to promoting sport and physical activity for women and girls, and was designed to encourage sport-related organizations to identify targets and actions that would help to achieve sporting gender equity.
- Women into High Performance Coaching Project: a three-year pilot scheme, established in 2000 by the WSF and sports coach UK. The scheme is working with four national governing bodies of sport to develop women into high performance coaching positions.
- Women Get Set Go: a personal development course intended to provide a springboard for women into sports leadership, whether as coaches, administrators or officials. The British Sports Trust is now running this course in partnership with WSF.
We also produced a variety of women and sport resources including posters, information packs, photographic exhibition and fact sheets. More information about their products and resources can be found on their current website here.
Since they abandoned the domain, I’ve decided to bring it back to live. I will be detailing various challenges that women face in sports and how the society can help they overcome such challenges. There are a couple of interesting posts that I’ve already published and they can be accessed by clicking through various topics below. Soon I will be adding more interesting posts.
A Diet a Day
Physical and mental wellbeing is usually attributed by the activeness of every individual. Many studies have attributed fitness and healthy eating to a person’s wellbeing and therefore it is paramount for individual to get involved in these best practices. There are various workouts sessions which various individuals may get interested in; some may be vigorous and others easy. There are those who may go for vigorous physical activities but end up getting either tired of them but simply bored from participating.
One thing that any individual who is participating in physical activities, sports or athletic needs to know is that special dieting can greatly help one to have the necessary energy which is needed for the exercise that one is involved in; however, it all depends on the specific goals of an individual. For instance, a person who joins a fitness program with the intention of losing weight or shedding off some calories will require eating small portions of healthy foods if at all one is to achieve the specific goals of weight loss that one has set. On the contrary, a professional sportsman or athlete might require more calorie foods to replenish the much energy that one dispenses when participating in physical activities.
Best Diet for Fitness Programs and Sports
I’m a gym instructor and I usually have various clients who come for fitness programs because of various reasons. Foremost, let me narrate my story. Some years back, I was a stay-at-home mum. After getting pregnant and giving birth to lovely twin girls, I gained a lot of weight. After giving birth, I stayed with my kids at home taking care for them for about two years. During that time, I wasn’t participating in any exercising activities and thus I continued to gain more weight.
However, I started to feel embarrassed about how I looked and even though my husband didn’t talk much about it, I felt that he too was concerned about my plus-size body. This triggered me to research of the various ways which could help me lose some weight. I ended up subscribing to multiple programs, but none was really working for me. There was need that I tried something different. I didn’t love exercising because exercises usually left me worn out, and I also felt shy jogging around the local trails because of my body.
Feeling frustrated, I decided to join a local fitness program. I was lucky to find a lovely and caring instructor who always encouraged me a lot. Actually at one time during my early days into his program, the instructor arranged for me to meet a nutritionist. The instructor must have known how I was feeling and was willing to help me shed off a few calories.
The nutritionist helped me make a plan of the necessary foods to eat and also when it was necessary to eat. She also helped me be able to track my progress especially now that I was exercising. This encouraged me a lot and also helped me to stick to the fitness program. The weight loss was a bit gradual, but I made sure that I stuck to the healthy diet program as well as the routine exercising plan.
Six months down the lane, I had lost considerable weight and I was looking much better. I felt good about myself and even some friends came over to me to find the secret that had worked miracle on me. It was by sticking to the routines workouts that I developed interest in sports. I decided to join a local amateur football clubs which also helped me greatly to keep in shape.
In bid to help others like me, I decided to establish my own gym where I started helping people to keep fit by exercising regularly. From time to time I usually invite a nutritionist to advice my clients on the best dieting plan which is vital for people who are involved in workouts and especially those who join fitness programs with the goals of losing weight.
It is paramount for all sportsmen to know the requisite calorie intake and the special diets which can help them to keep fit and healthy when they are exercising. They need to know the right composition of nutrients which will always help them replenish the energy they have used and also help them to build muscles and other worn out tissues. Such calls for a visit to a nutritionist.