If you grew up in the 60s and could not boast of innate abilities for sports, you probably will have in stock a story about unsuccessful attempts to engage in any sport that traumatized you. Maybe because of this you are still embarrassed to play sports. Beatrice Robinson, Ph.D., currently an avid tennis player, admits that she also suffered from the “stupid syndrome”.
“I remember in the seventh grade I competed in volleyball and was unable to get the ball,” says Dr. Robinson, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Minneapolis School of Medicine. What a humiliation! The worse I felt, the less able I was to throw the ball. The whole team looked at me with condemnation, and it hurt me to such an extent that for ten whole years I could not force myself to resume sports. I was sure that I was not able to do athletics. I think that so many women at least once experienced something like this, and as a result they made the same conclusion. "
Fat women, who could be especially beneficial to physical activity, are more likely than others to suffer mental traumas, which makes them go far beyond health clubs. “In my youth, I was fat, clumsy, and didn't move much,” says Dr. Kolotkin. I was a classic example of the last player to join the team. "How do you persuade sports to those for whom the body is a source of embarrassment and who cannot perform the exercises that you are offered in the gym?"