By Aly Teich
Recently, I had the pleasure of emceeing one of New Balance’s signature events - Girls Night Out. It is an inspiring in-store event, where an enthusiastic group of women come together to partake in an innovative fitness program. The women were of all ages, although the median age was late twenties/early thirties, and they all clearly had an interest in staying active and happy. The workout at this event was led by celebrity trainer and New Balance Fitness ambassador, Harley Pasternak. To me, this is what a girls night out should be all about — having fun and lifting one another up while you’re at it.
Unfortunately, I don’t think this is always the case. Too often I hear about instances of cattiness among women - whether it be over a man, your looks, your job, your home, or your lifestyle. But maybe, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Maybe we should all mind our own business. Maybe we should let go of the whole judgement thing and cheer each other on. Rarely are any of these criticisms relevant to those doing the criticizing. So, I ask, why is it that we are so threatened by one another and what each of us may or may not have?
I don’t have the answer to this question. But, I do know that we are only stronger as individuals when we decide to come together and lift each other up, rather than put each other down. At the end of the day, no one understands what it is like to be a woman in this world as much as other women. For that reason alone, we should look out for one another, not project our own insecurities on to one another.
Female musings aside, I was so excited to participate in New Balance’s event, because they are encouraging women to support other women with programs like Girls Night Out. As I watched this group of 150 women sweating, dancing, and celebrating one another - I could only think, this is what life is all about. Harley Pasternak pushed us to incredible physical limits together as women, using only our own body and some light free weights. Not only was the group physically strong, but we supported and cheered for one another as we got even stronger. That night, there was not a hint of judgment, comparison, or negative competition - we were just there to celebrate ourselves and celebrate each other.
I encourage all of you to take the lead from New Balance, and make more of your own Girls Nights about this: being stronger as an individual and being stronger together. It’s okay to have fun and celebrate one another.
Now call your girls and hit the town!
Aly Teich is Founder and Host of The Sweat Life.
Aly is a native New Yorker who grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She left Manhattan for Madison, Wisconsin to become a proud Badger for four years, and since then has lived on both coasts, traveled around the world…twice, and found herself right back here in The Big Apple.
Aly has always been an active kid, and now grownup (although she still acts like a kid.) She danced her way through the School of American Ballet until her teens, competed on horseback at a pre-Olympic level, lettered in three varsity high school sports, and completed three marathons and numerous triathlons. She’s also an avid skier, golfer, aspiring surfer, and can do a mean belly flop.
Following a ten-year career in television and media — including the Late Show with David Letterman, CBS Television, Tribeca Film, and Conde Nast — Aly switched her focus to health and wellness five years ago when her mother was diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer. Trading in her Late Show with Letterman badge for Nikes, Aly made it her goal to help people live healthier lives. In the fall of 2013, she decided to bring all of her experience and passion to one place, The Sweat Life.