About Fit is a Feminist Issue

Fit Is a Feminist Issue started with conversation blog co-founders Sam and Tracy have been having for more than two decades about feminism and fitness. What does it mean to be fit? What way(s) does women’s quest for fitness and health contribute to empowerment and/or oppression? And what are appropriate measures of fitness in a feminist context?
The blog started in 2012 as a record of Sam and Tracy’s quest to be the fittest in their lives when they hit the age of 50 in 2014. Since then, the blog has grown into an international conversation about fitness, health, aging, and gender. From our original two-voice conversation, we now have a team of regular bloggers, including Catherine Womack, Cate Creede, Martha Muzychka, Christine Hennebury, Natalie Hebert, Susan Tarshis, Bettina Trueb, Mina Samuels, Nicole Plotkin, Diane Harper, and Kim Solga with an array of guest posters from around the world. We also have a very active community in the comments on our blog and on our facebook page and twitter feed. Some of our posts are about our personal approaches to fitness/health, and some posts are more reflective, critical and meant to challenge common assumptions. While Sam and Tracy have always been at the core of the blog, in September 2019, we’re excited to announce that our other regular bloggers will be taking on an even more prominent role. For more on our history, read
Tracy and Sam’s book Fit at Mid-Life: A Feminist Fitness Journey. (Greystone Books) For more on the future, keep reading the blog!

17 thoughts on “About Fit is a Feminist Issue

  1. So glad I stumbled upon your blog!! I loved your post about good and evil foods. I definitely agree with you – the judgement and the guilt FUEL unhealthy eating habits involving guilt and shame! I’m excited to read more from you lovely ladies! 🙂

  2. I love, Love, LOVE your blog! I’m passionate about fitness and eating well for the sake of making every moment count and it’s so refreshing to find like-minded, strong, confident women preaching the same message. I look forward to your upcoming posts.

  3. That’s awesome, glad that one performed so well!
    By the way, I have sent a suggestion to your website.
    Will be glad to hear from you.

  4. I am a plus size female athelete. I have a resting heart rate of 56 which is due to my level of fitness. 46 years old. Recovering from an eating disorder, and feeling like a square peg in a Round hole. I have spent most of of my adult life being active at this size with a short time when my kids were small as a couch potato. But have gotten to a stage where I kind of like surprising people that a woman this size can indeed be strong and fit. Ice hockey and ball hockey are my sports of choice. Also love kick boxing when I have time, and bootcamp style workouts and weight training, yoga. Whatever I can fit in around my teen girls and my sports schedules. I experienced a shift in my thinking with help of therapy this past year to focus on fitness and food for other reasons… that it feels good. This is a switch from eating and moving for weight loss focus as I did for so many years.( and failed at). Foods were identified as good or evil and so eating in secret and in shame was a huge part of my life I have been able to let go. Oh what I would tell my younger self if I could!

    So glad to have found your blog today!

    1. Glad you found us too. If you’d like to guest post and introduce yourself to the community, share your story and your fave activities, we’d love to have you! Drop me a line, sbrennan@uwo.ca.

  5. Hi,

    Amit here from Neomam Studios again.

    Most Americans say they aren’t getting enough sleep.

    And it may surprise you just how diverse sleeping patterns are from state to state .: http://www.homes.com/blog/2016/12/what-time-does-america-go-to-bed/
    (And if you think the US has it bad, look at the stats for Seoul’s citizens!)

    Is this something you’d like to share on Fit Is a Feminist Issue? I can send over a hi-res version right away.

    Thanks for your time!

  6. Feeling so grateful I discovered your blog (and hence your book, which I just bought) after some VERY persistent googling. I’m a 52 year-old writer struggling right now with recovering from some injuries and some substantial muscle loss that resulted from enforced inactivity. Sigh. Grim day today at the gym as I returned to upper-body workouts, facing the music—or rather the sight of my emaciated arms in the mirror—after months of being unable to do any upper body work. But anyway! This is all to say thank you so much for the work you do and I so looking forward to reading more in the future.

  7. Hello ladies! A friend shared your upcoming lecture at the Words festival in London and it led me to find your blog! I’m so excited to catch up on what you’ve been doing!

    I am a dietitian here in London.. wrestling with where I fit into this profession as I deal with menopause, body changes and competing priorities that have left fitness in the dust! I am definitely not a dietitian poster child!! I’m learning a lot about the Health at Every Size movement and a kinder, gentler way to treat myself.

    I look forward to your talk and your book!!


  8. I saw your article on the Bowflex C6. How did you get ERG mode to work? I can pair my iPhone and Apple TV to the bike via Bluetooth, but can’t get ERG mode to work. Thanks!

  9. Hi,

    I’m Emma, the creator of Vegan Calm.

    I am reaching out to you today because I’ve seen your page and I love your posts.

    I wanted to see if you might be interested in working together on something. Are you open to accepting a guest author collaboration? I’d love to write a piece for you.

    I’ve worked with a few people and I’d love to show them to you if you are open to this.

    about this? Let me know what you think, and I can send over some topic suggestions.

    Emma Wilson
    Creator of Vegan Calm

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