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So Gung-Ho!, the 5k obstacle course I signed up for sent me an e-mail this morning called "Gung-Ho! helping your relationship...or lack of it".
Did you know...

Fitness can help to build relationships!

A 5K race, yoga class or a workout at the gym may not seem like a romantic outing, but a growing group of experts agree that couples who exercise together can not only stave off the extra pounds that are often linked to marriage, but they can strengthen their relationship and possibly live happily ever after.

So get in and book now, as it seems the couple who exercises together stays together...and if you're single you never know who you might meet giving you a helping hand over our giant inflatable wall 😉
It just seems a really terrible way to encourage more people to sign up. If the couple who exercises together stays together I'm fucking doomed because I've never done that!

This is the first I've heard about the "extra pounds that come with marriage" that I should be "staving off," too. I'm so dismayed that everything about exercise also has to be about losing weight because that has a terrible effect on my mental health. So it doesn't really work to tell me it's not about conforming to beauty standards because it's about health.

And the idea that helping somebody with a ridiculous bouncy-castle kind of obstacle should be a romantic or sexual encounter...no. Just seems like a license for men to be creepy at women, assuming they'll need help and then "oops my hand slipped, didn't mean to touch you there!..."

I'm probably overreacting, but I find this kind of talk so off-putting on so many levels. I don't need to lose weight I don't need my partner(s) to like doing everything I do, and I don't need anyone with more than fellow-feeling towards humanity to help me with anything, thankyouverymuch.

Its the first e-mail I've had from Gung-Ho! since I signed up, too, which doesn't leave a very good impression. I've unsubscribed now so I hope I don't miss anything important or useful.

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Date: 2017-02-17 01:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] haggis
Eeeeeeew :(

That was my thought even before I got to the bit about 'license for men to be creepy at women' but you are spot on there too.

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Date: 2017-02-17 02:20 pm (UTC)
alatefeline: Painting of a cat asleep on a book. (Default)
From: [personal profile] alatefeline
So very NOPE.

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Date: 2017-02-17 08:41 pm (UTC)
mathemagicalschema: A blonde-haired boy asleep on an asteroid next to a flower. (Default)
From: [personal profile] mathemagicalschema
"I'm so dismayed that everything about exercise also has to be about losing weight because that has a terrible effect on my mental health." YEP.

I've started doing some strength training, and it feels so jarring when the weight loss crap comes up. It's like, hang on! I thought we were talking about neat science stuff about how to put on muscle! Why is this suddenly about dieting D:

It's always weirded me the hell out the way that it's just assumed that everyone is or ought to be trying to lose weight, or staying vigilant against the spectre of gaining weight. I only cracked my way out of the "underweight" BMI category, like, last month; my body has always been like that.

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Date: 2017-02-18 08:58 pm (UTC)
syntaxofthings: a drawing of a girl holding a heart ([other] heart girl)
From: [personal profile] syntaxofthings
Extremely gross. Also it seems very geared toward that standard that "all women want a man and here's one way to get one!" Nope.

My prime motivation for exercising lately is for a good use of the adrenaline that's coursing in my body from all the anxiety that's being produced. When people talk about exercise for weight loss I keep getting confused, because they don't seem to realize there are more motivations for exercising. :/

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Date: 2017-02-20 12:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] silveradept
Ewwww. That is a rather large turn off for both exercise and the possibility of romance from it.

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Date: 2017-02-17 10:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] purplerabbits.livejournal.com
It's not just you. I hate how everything healthy has to be about weight loss and everything about weight loss is about attractiveness, and this plays right into that even though it sounds like a fairly desperate attempt to shoehorn Valentines day into their marketing. And the helping you over a wall thing is indeed an invite to perv :-(

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Date: 2017-02-17 12:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnesattva.livejournal.com
Try, they sent this days after Valentine's day and that's only one of the ways they failed at shoehorning it in. :)

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Date: 2017-02-17 11:22 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] barakta
I agree with Purplerabbits.

YUCK! I hope they can keep their faux motivation emails separate from important information.

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Date: 2017-02-17 12:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnesattva.livejournal.com
I'm doing this with a friend, so hopefully even if I miss something she will be able to tell me about it. :)

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Date: 2017-02-17 06:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
It's unnecessary, and while meant to be encouraging, it clearly comes off as the opposite for some!

I do like the idea of an obstacle course race with bouncy castles, though.

This also seems the best opportunity to release my pent-up gushing over your cute-as-a-button little face in that photo! Just because.

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Date: 2017-02-17 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnesattva.livejournal.com
I do like the idea of an obstacle course race with bouncy castles, though.

There's a video of what the obstacles are supposed to be like: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/gung-ho-manchester-heaton-park-12314227

This also seems the best opportunity to release my pent-up gushing over your cute-as-a-button little face in that photo! Just because.

Thank you! I'm one of those people who's never happy with pictures of me but I really like this one.

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Date: 2017-02-18 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] queerbychoice.livejournal.com
I agree with you that it's extremely annoying how hard it is to look out for one's health without having people impose an offensive framework in which your goal is misinterpreted as being about beauty and weight loss rather than health.

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Date: 2017-02-18 11:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gfrancie.livejournal.com
They sure are making a lot of assumptions about things aren't they?
Sometimes I find it difficult to get other people to understand that I run for my mental health. And that I kind of dig the solitary nature of it.

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Date: 2017-02-22 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnesattva.livejournal.com
Mental health is my main motivator for exercise too. Even if it's just "I need to get out of the house or dog and husband will drive me crazy"! :)

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Date: 2017-02-19 04:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mrs-leroy-brown.livejournal.com
Yeah, it seems like everything is linked to weight loss, which is linked to attractiveness. I started logging food using My Fitness Pal to track my nutrients and their blog is ALL about weight loss, nothing about gaining or even maintaining. It was the opposite of what I needed when my mental health was so poor I couldn't eat, nothing motivational about gaining weight - NOTHING. Not even one token article out of 50 :(

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Date: 2017-02-22 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] minnesattva.livejournal.com
A lot of my friends went through a fad of using My Fitness Pal a year or two ago, which is fine except that I know about this because it was all over their bloody social media and just hearing about it made me anxious. I could feel health draining from me. :) That's not how these things should work.

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