As I'm sure many of you have seen or heard about, whether it be through TV advertisements or on social media, 2015 saw the start of a huge fitness campaign for women: 'This Girl Can.'


'This Girl Can' is a campaign developed by Sport England to encourage women from all walks on life to get more active and be proud of what they can accomplish - despite it meaning you may end up with mascara running down your face and your hair a sweaty mess.

It's sometimes difficult as a female to embrace certain sporting activities, particularly if we're brought up in schools where girls play netball whilst boys play rugby in P.E classes. Let's face it, it's the 21st century and we can bloody well take part in any sport we want to.

You don't have to travel far to find an inspiring way to keep fit and it doesn't have to be expensive. A lot of leisure centres and fitness clubs have joined This Girl Can to provide some fun, free classes to keep you active and help rediscover your inner champion. There's a whole array of ideas from Archery to Zumba, all across the country.


Leeds Girls Can is a campaign which localises this idea and I've explored the huge list of activities going on in my city that I can get involved with. Last week I took part in an intense fitness class called Sudden Movements and it's safe to say that it made me realise how unfit I really am!

The class was a circuit of varying strength and cardio exercises and my thighs in particular are now feeling the results. Call me dramatic but at one point I actually might have exclaimed to the instructor 'I'm dying'. Although it was super tough, I was really pleased I'd managed to survive take part in the whole class and it's inspired me to work hard to improve my stamina!

I'm venturing to a rocket yoga class soon that's just around the corner from me, too.
Wish me luck!

See some of the activities that you can get involved with here.


Leeds Girls Can are running a competition on The Dress Diaries for one winner to receive a This Girl Can t-shirt (of their choosing!) and a water bottle, to kickstart their fitness journey, celebrate their achievement or even if they just need a new gym outfit!

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Everyone can enter, as long as you're UK based and you follow at least one of the competition requirements.

To keep up with my activities through Leeds Girls Can, follow me on Twitter and check the hashtag #ThisGirlCan for a whole lot of general fitspo.

Good luck!