October 5 2017
Mirna "The Mirnavator" Valerio shares an excerpt from her first book.
The reality is that globally, people are growing larger, and old size standards just don’t work for many of today’s humans. Riggins sees supplying Athena athletes with functional attire as an equal rights issue. Why shouldn’t larger athletes enjoy the same comforts as everyone else? Some might say that worrying about access to clothing for exercise is not an important human issue, but if you allow me to wax psychological for a minute, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs includes clothing as shelter from the elements as one of the patterns of human motivations. So should inclusive athletic apparel even be considered here? Is it a need?
Folks can get exercise in a variety of ways, and true, not all of these modes of physical activity require clothes specific for those particular types of movements. But we have made available apparel that facilitates these physical actions and that makes it easier to move efficiently through space…for some people, that is. Why inhibit others then? Why make it more difficult? Why improve movement for only a limited group of people? How did we get here, and how do we move on?
These are questions whose answers seem simple but the implications of creating space to include more kinds of bodies in athletics and in every way possible are far-ranging. Our national initiatives to get everyone moving, to help curb the incidence of diseases that may be a result of our increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and to prolong our lives can definitely be impacted positively if more companies, both large and small, grassroots and global, continue to help facilitate movement for every kind of body.