Exercise doubles as another vehicle for activism

Activist-oriented exercise is proliferating, allowing young adults to engage in and champion a movement while getting some movement in. Such initiatives are couched in themes of equality, inclusivity, and racial justice, and many that have launched since this summer have been a call to action for the Black Lives Matter movement, especially as Millennials and Gen Zs look for new ways to express their desire for change and equality. But others, such as this Daily's EVERYBODY feature, allow gym-goers to put their money where their mouth is by patronizing inclusive workout spaces.


An event called the 2020 Unofficial Black Lives Matter Marathon ("BLMarathon") has been created through GiveButter to raise money and awareness for Black Lives Matter. Runners are invited to complete a full or half marathon in New York City on October 24th, 2020, on a course designed to be similar to the official New York City Marathon, which was cancelled due to Covid-19. All donations raised for the BLMarathon will be donated to NAACP Empowerment Programs. For those who can’t physically run the marathon in NYC, there is a virtual race option, too.


Colorado State University police corporal Alisha Zellner pledged to bike 400 miles (12 miles a day) by the end of July as part of her Bike Ride for Black Lives initiative. Zellner started this initiative to fight racial injustice within the criminal justice system, and she encourages others to bike for the same cause. In addition to her own personal pledge, Zellner also set up a community awareness ride so that those in her local community could join her. As of mid-September, Zellner has raised more than $7,000 on her GoFundMe page and plans to donate the money to five organizations that are aiding criminal justice reform and preserving Black history.


Los Angeles-based EVERYBODY is a health and wellness center dedicated to creating a radically inclusive space where everyone can get their fitness on, regardless of gender, sexuality, size, age, ethnicity, or ability. The space itself is designed to be gender-neutral, with gender-inclusive bathrooms and locker rooms, as well as accessible to disabled members. What's more, EVERYBODY purposely has less mirrors and electronics to foster a sense of community and encourage socializing. For those who don’t feel safe going to a physical gym right now or want to be a part of EVERYBODY from afar, the gym is also hosting online classes.