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Therese Johaug and Anna Haag: As former elite athletes, we can offer women alternatives to all “miracle cures”
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Full screen Many young people today draw inspiration in terms of lifestyle and lifestyle from social media and influencers. More elite athletes should use their training and mental health skills to role models, write Therese Johaug and Anna Haag. Photo: GETTY
DISCUSSION. Young women are getting worse, data show among others The Swedish Public Health Agency.
At the same time, many young people today draw inspiration in terms of lifestyle and lifestyle from social media and influencers. More elite athletes should use their training and mental health skills to serve as role models.
In our part of the world, over the past hundred years, women have acquired better rights and greater influence over society and private life.
Feminism, body positivism and other movements have helped create a more permissive climate for the half of the population who previously lived, and in many countries still live, far below the privileges of men.
At the same time, the studies from eg. The Gender Equality Authority that health problems are more common among working women than men and that mental illness is on the rise among girls and younger women.
According to the National Public Health Survey, one in five women between the ages of 16 and 29 live with some form of mental illness.
Many young women today feel confused about the future and an uncertain job market.
In anxiety and stress about their life situation, they spend more and more time on social media, where popular influencers offer friendship and instill hope for a profitable professional career as a “celebrity”.
But parallel to the increase in digital presence, there is also a greater interest among young women in having better health through, for example, less alcohol and more exercise. The ideal has also gone from equally lean bodies to strong bodies of different shapes.
We who have seen closely how targeted physical activity such as gymnastics sessions, running or yoga strengthens both external and internal health, obviously think that the health trend among young people is excellent.
Persistent training does not have to be harmful, on the contrary, it can contribute to self-esteem and build communities, reducing the risk of illness and disease.
We don’t believe that young women should aim for the same extreme levels of performance as professional competitors.
Unfortunately, there are many examples in our industry where the search for results has led to eating disorders, mental illnesses and injuries that take a long time to heal.
But these experiences should be used to shed further light on the issue of ill health and to spread further important teachings.
Unlike “miracle cures” and influencers without in-depth knowledge, many elite athletes have great potential to inspire and tell how to train effectively and eat balanced without getting obsessed.
We therefore want to encourage young women to follow successful athletes more for body and soul advice and inspiration.
We also want to encourage more people with a background and experience in elite sport to share their physical and mental health skills, both in social media and by educating in health, school and community life.
With exercise and community, more young women can strengthen their inner and outer health and feel better.
Therese Johaugformer cross-country skiers competing for Norway, as well as representatives of the training brand Johaug
Anna Haagformer cross-country skier competing for Sweden, and author of the book “Live, have fun, train”
Published: April 17, 2022 at 06.00