What makes a strong person to you? Bestselling author and personal trainer Alice Liveing interviews extraordinary women about the importance of building mental and physical resilience and how this can empower us to live happier, stronger lives.
Give Me Strength is a celebration of all women in sport from accomplished athletes to those who work out on their living room floor to feel good. A guiding light to those that need a little motivation to move, a helping hand to those that feel lost at where to start, and a reminder that no matter who you are, nothing can hold you back from the positive benefits that movement can bring.
Give Me Strength showcases stories from women who have built emotional and mental resilience in the pursuit of physical strength.
Discussing the fascinating, sometimes complicated and surprisingly relatable relationship with exercise, proving to my 15-year-old self that just because you didn’t make the netball team doesn’t mean your exercise journey should end there.
When I first started my blog over four years ago now, I didn’t realise the power of exercise. My whole life had been spent being told, time and time again, that exercise was there to help you lose weight, end of.
Alice writes on her Instagram announcement: “At school, I remember dreading PE because I was ‘never any good’ at it, and my PE lessons were consequently spent idly watching the calories rack up. If only I knew then what I know now about what sport can do for young girls, for women of all ages and most importantly for myself.
If we only experience this type of single narrative, then naturally that’s what we believe to be true. I recently watched an amazing TED talk by the incredible Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which talks about the danger of a single story. If all we ever know is one version of events or one outcome, how are we ever to realise that there are other possibilities?
When I think about women in sport, I used to find it difficult to feel any connection to them. Those that operate at an elite level often felt so far removed from someone like myself who used to trot down to the gym and run for 20 minutes on the treadmill and even further removed from those that don’t have the time, money or privilege to access to a gym or any extra curricular sport for that matter.”