‘Run Strong’ leads the cover story for this enlightening issue. For instead of featuring lean, stereotypical images of a generic ‘fitness’ model, Women’s Running Magazine has featured the striking model, Erika Schenk.
The 18-year-old has been running for nearly a decade, which is why the magazine’s editors decided to feature Schenk – to prove that runners come in all shapes and sizes.
Schenk agrees with this sentiment, stating “some women believe that since they have curves they can’t run or shouldn’t run, running is for every body, any time.”
Editor-in-chief, Jessica Sebor wanted to showcase the fact that fitness levels are not classified by the way your body looks on the outside. “Runners come in all shapes and sizes. you can go to any race finish line, from a 5K to a marathon and see that. It was important for us to celebrate that!”
The magazine is helping to refocus our ideas of fitness and prove to the public that weight is not indicative of fitness levels. Studies are now focussing on debunking myths about BMI’s and ‘correct weight’, and shifting public consciousness towards overall healthy lifestyles as the focus of our fitness goals.
Thousands are applauding the message of this month’s cover.
— Sarah H Plus (@SarahHPlus) July 17, 2015