Changing the Way We Think, Not the Way We Look with Marley Blonsky and Kailey Kornhauser (Episode #49)

When you move your body are you thinking of the calories you want to burn, or are you experiencing the sheer joy of spending your energy on something? Let’s talk about that.

Today’s guests are actively making the world a better and more inclusive place. Marley Blonsky and Kailey Kornhauser are the creators of All Bodies on Bikes, a community of cyclists who don’t limit themselves to just one body type and operate with the intention of ‘no one left behind.’ They are advocates who are changing the narrative that you have to look a certain way in order to feel a certain way, and helping other organizations do the same.

Resources Mentioned:

Tweetable Quotes:

“We didn’t set out to be advocates for people in larger bodies. But we realized that we had a story to tell and that we resonated with people and that biking is an amazing activity for people who live in larger bodies.” – Marley Blonsky 

“I think if we talk more about the JOY of moving our bodies then we invite more people in than if we talk about other motivations for moving.” – Kailey Kornhauser

“I hope at the end of the day that people realize that there is so much more to them than their body… What really matters is what’s inside, what our values are, our personality; this is just our vessel.” – Marley Blonsky

“If you put so much stock and value on what you look like and not who you are as a person, and your character, then when you no longer have that body… what’s left?” – Marley Blonsky

Resources Mentioned:

Social Media Group:

Articles and Studies:

Books:

Podcast Episode:

Connect with Marley on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. Check out https://lifeontwowheels.space/ to learn how you can improve your inclusivity.

Connect with Kailey on Instagram. Go check out https://www.kaileykornhauser.com/ for even more inspiring content.

[00:01 – 7:00] Opening Segment
  • I introduce Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky
  • How Marley and Kailey are impacting the world with their work
    • Marley explains how they got started
    • Becoming unlikely advocates
    • Kailey talks about the cultural shifts in sports
[07:01 – 18:21] Movement Should be Joyful not Punishing
  • The girls talk about the ‘joy of movement’
    • Refocusing on how we spend energy
    • It shouldn’t be a punishment but a positive experience
    • Marley’s story and experience – the joy of inclusivity
  • Being conscious of the intention of what we do
    • It still takes work
    • Making people feel more welcome
    • Communicating expectations and intentions
[18:22 – 34:23] Changing the Way We Think, Not the Way We Look
  • No such thing as the perfect body
    • Freeing people from the idea of perfection
    • Our vessel is not our values
  • What you give your attention to grows
  • ‘Fat’ is not a bad word – breaking down buzzwords
    • What to say and what not to say
    • Sensitivity to self-identification
    • The origins of the word ‘obesity’
    • Tackling the concept of ‘BMI’
  • A word about Conspiracy of Goodness Network
[34:24 – 46:27] Don’t Blame Yourself for Your Genetics
  • Marley tells the story of the twins
    • The impact genetics have over environment
    • Marley talks about how her genealogy comes into play
  • The reality of abundance and scarcity
    • Keeper/Thrifty Genes
  • The influencers in this field
  • Joining the community
    • Resources below
  • Your identity and your movement
[46:28 – 56:18] Closing Segment
  • Connect to the joy of movement not the movement itself
  • A vision of possibility
    • Active transportation
    • What brings you joy
  • Connect with Marley and Kailey
    • Links below
  • What proves to Marley and Kailey that it’s still an amazing world
  • Final announcements

Join for as little as $2 per month

Connect with and learn from others on a member-exclusive platform. Ask questions and find help with projects, share trusted resources, request and attend workshops, and learn from others’ experiences to catalyze your work.

Become a Member

More ways to connect to the goodness!

Articles

Over 500 articles that give you a positive perspective on the state of the world and show you practical ways you can help.

Events

Engage in member-exclusive conversations with thought leaders in the world of goodness and network “in person” with other community members.

Follow Us

You’re not alone in caring.
There is a wave of goodness and progress well underway, all around the world.

Want more articles like this one?
You're in luck! 

Discover real-life stories of innovators, change-makers, and problem-solvers.

Enjoy 30-days of unlimited access to hundreds of articles and podcasts when you subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Name
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Want more articles like this one? You're in luck! 

Discover real-life stories of innovators, change-makers, and problem-solvers.

Enjoy 30-days of unlimited access to hundreds of articles and podcasts when you subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Name
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.