7 Reasons Why Women Should Not Lift Weights Just Like Our Krritika Baidehi Majhi Did!
Well, for starters you might break a nail, even bruise a male ego or two, but you’ll not be able to lift heavy objects without asking a man for help, you’ll grunt, sweat and feel sore … so unladylike! In a country like India where women are considered Goddesses only on paper and holy scriptures, women are subjugated to atrocities no one should ever have to go through! Thus they should stay enslaved lest they alter the balance of the universe! Take the example of Baidehi Majhi who not only trumped men by winning several awards in weightlifting, a man’s cup of tea, but is also a beacon of light for thousands others. Lifting weights can lead to better metabolism, healthier body image and enhanced self-esteem! What a disaster! Plus, feeling confident is totally overrated and who wants less belly fat? Nope, not interested! For improved pain and quality of life, back pain sufferers should consider weightlifting. But, then again, back pain is such a life ruiner, let’s just stick to that, isn’t it? Weight training helps stabilize body fat, prevent weight gain, and preserve lean mass over the long term. Ugh! Strength training makes people more physically active in their daily lives, which means less time spent sedentary, which can contribute to a longer life. Pass! Well, if Baidehi Majhi, a primitive tribal girl from Bhatipas village in Rayagada, Orissa would have thought of these 7 reasons why women should not lift weights, she would have disintegrated under the restraint of her step mother whose cruel chores directed at her still bruise her. One fine day, opportunely, Gram Vikas, an NGO working toward education connected her to a school. Characteristic of her step mother and relatives, Baidehi had to face a lot of hostility, but despite all odds, her determination was not to fade, she decided it was about time she carved her destiny! She mainstreamed Girls’Weight Lifting in Chikiti College, one of the oldest colleges in Odis ha remnant of the long gone British era. By the time she reached her intermediate, she had already received fifteen awards in various weight lifting championships across India. Her marked passion for sports with numerous visible achievements and accolades at National platforms has made not just her college proud, but even her state and the entire nation. Today, after accomplishing her graduation, Baidehi works as an instructor with Gram Vikas Sikshya Niketan at Thuamul Rampur, Orrisa. Surprisingly, her achievements have even softened her step mother who beams and proclaims, “Baidehi is my daughter and I’m proud of her”. Baidehi leads arts and sports education programs for both girls and boys. She educates hundreds in her school, supports her step brothers & sisters and few more students with financial support and encourages thousands across neighboring villages to follow their dreams and not be let down my hardships. Following her path, dozens of girls have got into sports education and Baidehi has become a daughter of the region. Beyond working at school, Baidehi treads into the tribal dominated forest villages trying to spread the values of education, inspiring parents about girls’ schooling and sharing the cruel impacts of child marriage, while also facilitating Government provisions for girls’ education. All this was only possible because Baidehi did not give into the conception that women should not lift weights!