Josh Smith from Mitise Health, a PT from Adelaide, caught my attention with a post on his blog post on "InstaFit" and the unbalanced nature of a lot of their "programs", he ruffled feathers and pissed a whole bunch of people off and has since removed the first post (because people get all "legal" when you tell it like it is!) but there is a part 2 available for your viewing pleasure. The post went viral because of the subject matter but you know what? I freaking applaud him for putting himself out there in the first place for all the keyboard warriors (worriers) and crazy "teeny" fitness fans of these Instagram fitness "celebrities" to take aim at him. That's what us movers and shakers of the fitness and healthy industry need to do! We need to put our message out there that this focus on perfection isn't the right direction to move forward into long lasting body love and confidence. A 20 something's view on the world will eventually change as they age (and get a little saggy!) or maybe they will forever worry about what their abs look like. There is so much more to life than worry about how lean you are! Someone focused heavily on what they look like doesn't necessarily make them an amazing coach or personal trainer. Food for thought, anyway!
Today, Josh jumps in and takes over Natalie Carter Talks Fitness! Enjoy
In today’s image-based society, we often see the terms ‘fit’ and ‘fat’ bandied around as if they are mutually exclusive. If your body stores more body fat, you are automatically assumed to be ‘unfit’, whereas if you store less body fat, it is generally assumed you are ‘fit’.
This could not be more wrong.
As a lifestyle, strength and conditioning coach I have seen my fair share of bodies, and if one thing is clear it is this – every body has the potential to achieve great levels of fitness, regardless of body fat levels.
Will you lose body fat exercising and moving more? Sure.
Will every body look the same after undertaking an exercise and movement program? Definitely not.
Bodies come in many different shapes and sizes, each with their own strengths and weaknesses and responses to movement. Those people whose ancestors originated from colder climates (think northern Europe and New Zealand) tend to naturally store more body fat than those whose ancestors originated in more temperate climates. Some bodies prefer to lift heavy weights, some bodies respond best to long runs and cycling sessions.
The fact is, there is NO ideal body type nor body fat percentage.
With the rise of social media, particularly photo-sharing sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Imgur, the exposure to other people’s ideas of ‘fit’ and ‘healthy’ is becoming far more prolific. Nowadays, you don’t have to put in the hard yards to have your ideas published - anyone can start a blog, pay to have it promoted on social media and achieve notoriety.
Unfortunately, ‘opinion’ is just that – opinion. The fact that we are all individuals - with our own strengths and weaknesses, thoughts, feelings and motivations – has been moved aside to make way for ‘business’ and the building of hugely profitable products and services that sell to the masses.
There is no money in promoting individualism, especially in the ‘health’ industry (think the Biggest Loser, think the billion dollar supplement industry and think five minute doctor consults).
I wish to change that.
I wish to see ability promoted over aesthetics. I wish to see the promotion of each body as beautiful, regardless of size. I wish to see health promoted as the end-result of happiness. I wish to see what you can do, without the use of special effects and filters.
And I wish for you to join me. Join me in my attempt to re-claim the idea behind what ‘health’ is.
In my opinion, to be ‘healthy’ is to hold the positive mindset that comes from the ability to do what you want to do, when you want to do it, and how you want to do it. Run, climb, jump, train, or play with your children – whatever your thing is, to be able to do it happily is what achieving ‘health’ is all about.
Omnia mea mecum porto
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