Today I’m posting a guest post from a fitness professional who I met recently, virtually. People reach out to me often to ask if I will include their material on my blog. Those of you who know I’m a former English teacher, know that I’m very choosy about what writing I am comfortable publishing. In this case, I found Kyran’s article detailed and clear. But there was something else that stood out to me even more about this article. In the fitness business, we are bombarded by (often photoshopped) images of certain types of bodies. I believe fitness is unique to each individual. If you want a six-pack then go for it and good luck! If you want a way to increase your heart rate and live pain-free then that is something that is difficult to capture in a picture. I’ve taught ALL kinds of bodies. I’ve taught bodies as young as 5 years and as old as 72 years. I’ve taught bodies being ravaged by cancer and chemo, and I’ve taught bodies of competitive weightlifters. I’ve taught bodies growing tiny bodies inside (prenatal) and I’ve taught pubescent “tween” bodies.
Kyran’s article includes photos that are respectful. I hope that you think of your body as beautiful. If you want to show it off – awesome! If you feel more comfortable wearing clothes that cover more of your body because that is your private pride – also awesome! Please never spend your time looking at fitness pictures that make you feel bad about your body. When you love your body, it will love you right back. To enjoy Kyran’s article, click here.