I’m on a mission. #creatingabetterfit
My mission is to make the health/fitness industry friendly for EVERYONE. That means the average person. And yes, the average woman is about a size 14. We keep talking about the obesity epidemic in the United States and how it’s prevalent and out of control, but no one is discussing HOW we can make the health/fitness industry more user-friendly for the average American. I mean isn’t that the point?–Getting the average American interested in their own health so they can take action and make their lives better.
Let me give you an example.
I used to be a size 22 and when I was that big this person scared the HELL out of me.
Today I respect her, but back then I had fearful impression of the fitness industry because trainers like her were all I was seeing on the television. She was perfectly fit without a flaw and yelling at the contestants as they were desperately trying to keep from throwing up. (I don’t know about you, but I would have prayed to have Bob Harper.) Okay, maybe that’s a little crazy, but I’m sure there are people out there that understand where I’m coming from.
When I would walk by a gym, I would only see women with perfect bodies running on the treadmill as fast as they could. There wasn’t anyone like me there. I felt out of place.
When I would turn on the TV, all the gimmicky fitness junk was promoted and used by perfectly fit people. And I would think to myself, “who has the time and energy to get your body that conditioned?” Then if you actually purchase products, they come with plans that ask you to completely change things all at once. I’m sorry, but change is hard enough and completely changing your life works for about a week for the average person. And there is a psychological reason for that which does NOT mean that Americans are lazy. It means our brains are hardwired not to cause too much stress to our psyche. Change is stressful. Stress is bad for our bodies and souls.
I’ll tell you where I did feel comfortable: Weight Watchers. That’s a place where I didn’t feel people were talking down to me. It was more of a support group and discussion. Yeah, I had bad weeks where I would gain weight, but the instructors would never rub it in my face or even say anything bad. There was just encouragement. If I disappeared for a month, they didn’t ask questions, they just welcomed me back with open arms. I thrived at Weight Watchers and lost over 100 lbs. A lot of what I experienced at Weight Watchers, was what I modeled the Mamavation Sistahood after.
Here’s my point, cause I usually have one. I think problems can be solved when people put their heads together and then promote change in a big way. But what we really need right now is a meeting of the minds. And honestly, I don’t mean just fitness types, I really mean EVERYONE. We need people talking about what makes them uncomfortable and we need people offering suggestions. We need real life stories of discomfort and stories about what has worked. I’m proposing that everyone take ONE DAY to write about what they think is wrong with the health/fitness industry and what they think can be changed. There are no right or wrong answers, there are only opinions and everyone has one.
The day I’m proposing is Monday, December 5th. Join me on Monday, December 5th by creating a post and linking it back up here so others can find it. Also, use the hashtag #creatingabetterfit as a way to identify your post on twitter when you send it out and when you discuss.
I think lots of positive things can come from this. And if anything, it helps the health/fitness industry figure out why only about 15% of the population belongs to gyms (ball park figure based on @LisaJohnson) and why 2/3 of the population is overweight (which is based on BMI and I think it should be based on waist circumference instead.) It also helps bridge the gap of misunderstanding between fitness people and average people. I think understanding is key to moving forward and solving the obesity epidemic because no one wants to be spoken down to and everyone wants a voice.
Hit the linky down below with your twitter name & link to your site if you plan on participating: