Rock Your Gym Bag and Make a Difference

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By: // June 12, 2013

Rock your Gym Bag and Rock Title IX! Today  it’s difficult to imagine women NOT playing sports.  Title IX, the landmark legislation that gave women the equal opportunity for education and activities has led to significant advances for women in athletics. In 1972, fewer than 300,000 high school girls participated in intramural sports nationwide. Today that number has grown to 3 million. I  was involved in high school sports (1979-1983) and those experiences made a huge impact on who I am today. College sports for women have grown significantly as well. Yet Title IX has had a far greater impact beyond sports, it has also opened up educational opportunities.

Below are a few pretty incredible facts illuminating Title IX’s impact:

• Before Title IX, 1 in every 27 girls played sports; now, 1 in every 2.5 do.

• The number of girls and women in high school and collegiate sports jumped by nearly 1,000% since Title IX.

• About 294,000 girls competed in high school sports the year before Title IX, compared with nearly 3.2 million in 2011.

• At the college level, less than 30,000 women played sports before Title IX; in 2011, there were nearly 200,000.

• Before Title IX, women represented 7% of the participants in high school sports; now they represent 42%

Gym Bag: Small Things Make a Big Difference

My friends at Activyst—a word combining active and catalyst (for positive change) are on a mission to help girls play sports in impoverished parts of the world, and change their lives forever. Activyst creates bold, functional athletic bags in fun colors and uses funding from the bags to support girls’ sports programs around the word.

If you buy a gym bag, you can rock the cool look of these bags and make a difference toward positive change. How awesome is that?

Gym Bag

Activyst Gym Bag

Celebrating the awesomeness of Title IX’s impact is something I am passionate about and that’s why I support Activyst. I hope you will too!

Check out this inspiring video!  Consider these facts …

Research consistently demonstrates that a girl who plays sports …
• Is less likely to get pregnant in adolescence

• Is less likely to stay in an abusive relationship

• Is less likely to suffer depression, smoke or use drugs

• Reaches higher levels of education

• Is healthier

• Develops leadership and resilience skills

• Makes friends and finds role models

• And has a higher self-image and confidence level …

That’s why Activyst is committed to helping women play sports and live happy and successful lives.

You can follow Activyst on Facebook and find out more about this cool company and amazing cause. Help celebrate Title IX and all the progress women have made in sports! Rock a bag and help a girl play sports!

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on January 8, 2015 at 9:47 AM Reply

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and systemic lupus in 2009...since then I have not been able to exercise like I want too :( MY muscles in my chest and stomach are weak...I cant do squats/lunges because it hurts so bad. I want and need to exercise and tone up but the pain is debilitating. ...Please give me some recommendations. ...Thank you

on January 7, 2015 at 7:16 AM Reply

I used to always do weighted strength training with free weights and machines. Now that I am 42 I get stressed out about it and having to spend 45 min to an hour working out with a 2 year old son just isn't working for me. So when I saw this body weight jumpstart routine, it was just what I was looking for. I have been learning more lately about body weight strenght training and how it can get you in just as good a shape as with weights. Thanks Chris for helping all of us over 40's to get and keep in shape without all of the stress!!!

on January 6, 2015 at 1:17 PM Reply

need help.

on January 6, 2015 at 12:09 PM Reply

I'd love some exercise tips for those of us with knee issues who can no longer do lunge/squat type of exercises due to overworking those joints. I seem to have damaged my knee cartilage after years of squats/lunges and find I have to be very careful not to aggravate them. Thanks you!!

on January 6, 2015 at 10:25 AM Reply

I started this today and oh my I out of shape! 2014 was a tough year caring for others but now it's all about me. So happy this is offered and I WILL complete it! I love a good challenge, it motivates me to self-care.

on January 5, 2015 at 8:10 AM Reply

Love this!!! Chris, you spoke at my office health fair a few years ago and used the "lint trap" example when explaining these fad "detox" diets. That really put it into perspective for me and resonated with a lot of my fellow co-workers. Thanks for sharing all this great info:)

on January 4, 2015 at 11:35 AM Reply

I really enjoyed doing this. I feel so much Happier when I meditate I do this but not as much as I should. I forget how good and refreshed it makes me feel. Refreshing and the world has been lifted off my shoulders. Amazing we can do this ourselves! Awesome and Epic feeling! Please give it a try! Really try this! Thank you for sharing this today really neede this!

on January 4, 2015 at 9:05 AM Reply

this was very helpful. I enjoy watching Dan Harris on ABC. I am going to do this. I love Pilates and yoga. This will fit right in.

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