I read a story about a significant barrier to exercise – embarrassment. I’ve been with Green Mountain so long, I’d forgotten the horror of what it used to be like to ponder going to the local gym that advertises via extreme “hard bodies”. I recall going to a chain fitness studio that is really into promoting the hard-body image – and found it filled with mostly those over 60, so go figure.
I can also recall dealing with “trainers” at the gym – ie guys that benchpress more than their IQ and considers anyone who can’t a sub-person – that dispense “nutritional” and “lifestyle” advice like a soda pop machine – with about as much substance behind their recommendations as is in a can of diet soda!
Have you ever not stretched because you didn’t want to look stupid, or worse, didn’t want to bend in a way that might make your derriere a target of eyes and arrows? I have – but not any more. Is it (my) advancing age, or have I fundamentally changed the way I think about my health – I just don’t care how I look to other people. I’m gonna do what I gotta do, and that’s that!
Whatever you do – don’t let embarrassment stop you from a healthier lifestyle! If it’s become a barrier though, consider a plus-size fitness studio or DVD’s. Kelly Bliss makes excellent fitness routines for use in your own home, and she also has a Plus-Sized Yellow Pages to find size-friendly businesses of all kinds. Remember, you get there whether it’s over the top, underneath or around the sides! Make the journey work for you!
Credits: Photograph by George Sakkestad