I want to touch on something quickly that should be common sense, but obviously is not. This thing is that every fitness journey starts somewhere. Duh - right? Again - apparently not. My fitness journey started somewhere different then my client's, then my mother's, then the elderly woman out walking with her walking sticks.
To really drive home this idea I want to tell you a story. This was shared with me when I was in my first year at Georgian College studying to become a fitness professional.
I worked in the student residence there and there was a security guard working in the residence who had started committing more time to his health and well being. He had been to the gym earlier that week and was feeling discouraged. Turns out while he was walking on the treadmill, breaking a good ol' fashioned sweat, he caught a few young girls taking snapchat videos of him, giggling, judging him for DOING SOMETHING GOOD FOR HIS BODY.
I can remember feeling so many emotions when I heard this story. I wanted to hunt these girls down and read them the fricken riot act. I also wanted to go into the gym and give everyone working out a high five and cheer them on- let'm know they rock and to keep crushing it!
I tell you this story to hopefully shed some light on a simple fact : everyone will start somewhere and it will be unique to each individual. You may think the fit people belong in the gym, but that doesn't mean that the elderly or the overweight or the lanky do not.
Fitness centers are literally designed to be a place where people can go and move their bodies and break a sweat. Everyone has an equal right to that opportunity.
'As readers of this blog I hope that NONE of you ever judge or question someone's presence in a gym. If you do you are no longer welcome here.
If you see someone working on their health make them feel supported. Maybe someone will do the same to you and imagine if the gym became a place where you felt supported and cheered on, instead of being an intimidating and exclusionary boy's club.
I know I said I would keep it brief... but I am not very good at that when I get worked up and passionate about something.
In the words of the incredibly wise Ellen Degeneres "be kind to one another" and do something good for your body today.
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