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Mom Shamed for Working out at Her Kid’s Soccer Game

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Moms get shamed for everything. We’re not feeding our babies right, or we’re sleeping too close or too far from our infant, or we’re letting our toddlers watch too much TV. It’s exhausting to keep up with, isn’t it? More recently, a mom got shamed for working out at her kid’s soccer game—as if fitness were somehow a horrible thing. It’s enough to make you want to throw up your hands and give up. But don’t worry, the dude who decided to take it upon himself to shame her is getting his now. He messed with the wrong mama.

It all started when supportive mother and personal trainer Erin Oprea went to her son’s soccer match. Oprea was just minding her own business, cheering on her kid, when she decided now would be a good time to work out. She’s a mom, after all. Multitasking is second nature to us. Oprea then went on to turn around and jump some rope. Not a bad way to squeeze in some exercise.

But someone didn’t see it that way. And by someone I mean some random other dad at the game who decided to take her photo and shame the mom for working out on social media:

“Would it be wrong of me to tell her that every dad at the soccer field thinks her standing out front with her jump rope for two hours only screams she wants attention? And I can only imagine what the soccer moms are thinking.”

This heavily misinformed man decided that the only reason a woman would work out in public is for attention (and for male attention, at that). It couldn’t have anything to do with, you know, wanting to exercise for health and fitness?

Mom Shamed for Working Out Could Not Care Less About Silly Man’s Judgement

It’s cool, though, cause Oprea could not give less of a damn. Not only was she working out for herself (as all women should be able to do so without the harassment or judgement of men or others), but her job is to work out, and to help others work out—like Grammy-award winning Carrie Underwood. And you can be Underwood totally went to bat for her trainer:

“The sad thing about it is, this is what discourages other women from working out is people like this,” Oprea said in an interview on The Doctors.

And she’s not wrong. Shame from others can make lots of women feel self-conscious. Fortunately, Oprea knows how to overcome this and hopes others won’t let it deter them from their fitness, either.

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PS. To the dude who decided to shame a mom for working out during a soccer game: No one cares about what you think, and all those other moms probably only wished they were working out, too.

(Image: Instagram / @carrieunderwood)