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Lizzo's Singing While Running On A Treadmill Is A Flex

She's becoming the best version of herself, right before our eyes.

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Lizzo is a woman of many hats; hats she's worn over the span of her career. And lately, her usual hat, has been one allowing her to work on elevating her life. Sis has been working out more, dieting, and she's becoming the best version of herself, right before our eyes. So, when the high-energy crooner decided to sing during one of her workouts, we couldn't look away (as if dancing while playing the flute wasn't impressive enough).

She shared a video on Instagram of her new stamina-building routine, explaining that she decided to try it after she saw Miley Cyrus sing "Rebel Girl" by the band Bikini Kill on the treadmill. In the video, she says:

"So I saw Miley running and singing her song, for stamina, so I'm going to run and sing my song for stamina. I'm doing this for all the big girls out there. They said we couldn't do it!"

She then proceeds to get to work.

Lizzo then starts up the treadmill and goes right into her song "Cuz I Love You." Halfway through the song, which includes long, soaring vocals as well as rap lyrics, she asked herself, "Why'd I pick this song, this is so hard!"

She ends up dropping the rap and sticking to the singing portions, but she pushes through.

And interestingly enough, singing while running on a treadmill is a practice that many have done since the end of time, across multiple industries. Kevin Garnett once said he improved his conditioning by adding the workout to his routine, thanks to Beyonce.

One day, Garnett asked his teammate, J.J. Redick, how he believed she was in such great shape. And the rest is history.

"One time I saw [Beyonce] working out. She was doing her dances, and she was singing while she was dancing. So then I'm thinking to myself, 'Maybe I should run and sing at the same time?' So in the offseasons, I would go to Malibu — I would go down to the beach — and I'd run on the beach and I'd be like, 'La la la, la la la, la la la,' while I'm running. So then, when I get on the court — I'm getting back on defense; I'm talking on defense — I don't get tired."

Though combining singing and running is new for Lizzo, she is quite the regular in the gym. She shared her typical workout routine back in June (which includes cycling, jumping rope and squats) and then proceeded to call out the trolls who are ignorantly surprised that she exercises.

"Hey, so I've been working out consistently for the last five years and it may come as a surprise to some of y'all that I'm not working out to have your ideal body type. I'm working out to have my ideal body type. And you know what type that is? None of your f------ business because I am beautiful, I am strong, I do my job and I stay on my job."

In other words: I just took a DNA test, turns out...

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When I was ten, my Sunday school teacher put on a brief performance in class that included some of the boys standing in front of the classroom while she stood in front of them holding a heart shaped box of chocolate. One by one, she tells each boy to come and bite a piece of candy and then place the remainder back into the box. After the last boy, she gave the box of now mangled chocolate over to the other Sunday school teacher — who happened to be her real husband — who made a comically puzzled face. She told us that the lesson to be gleaned from this was that if you give your heart away to too many people, once you find “the one,” that your heart would be too damaged. The lesson wasn’t explicitly about sex but the implication was clearly present.

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I grew up in an explicitly evangelical house and church, where I was taught virginity was the best gift a girl can hold on to until she got married. I fortunately never wore a purity ring or had a ceremony where I promised my father I wouldn’t have pre-marital sex. I certainly never even thought of having my hymen examined and the certificate handed over to my father on my wedding day as “proof” that I kept my promise. But the culture was always present. A few years after that chocolate-flavored indoctrination, I was introduced to the fabled car anecdote. “Boys don’t like girls who have been test-driven,” as it goes.

And I believed it for a long time. That to be loved and to be desired by men, it was only right for me to deny myself my own basic human desires, in the hopes of one day meeting a man that would fill all of my fantasies — romantically and sexually. Even if it meant denying my queerness, or even if it meant ignoring how being the only Black and fat girl in a predominantly white Christian space often had me watch all the white girls have their first boyfriends while I didn’t. Something they don’t tell you about purity culture – and that it took me years to learn and unlearn myself – is that there are bodies that are deemed inherently sinful and vulgar. That purity is about the desire to see girls and women shrink themselves, make themselves meek for men.

Purity culture isn’t unlike rape culture which tells young girls in so many ways that their worth can only be found through their bodies. Whether it be through promiscuity or chastity, young girls are instructed on what to do with their bodies before they’ve had time to figure themselves out, separate from a patriarchal lens. That their needs are secondary to that of the men and boys in their lives.

It took me a while —after leaving the church and unlearning the toxic ideals around purity culture rooted in anti-Blackness, fatphobia, heteropatriarchy, and queerphobia — to embrace my body, my sexuality, and my queerness as something that was not only not sinful or dirty, but actually in line with the vision God has over my life. Our bodies don't stop being our temples depending on who we do or who we don’t let in, and our worth isn’t dependent on the width of our legs at any given point.

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