How Gym Goers and Health Fans Are Evolving and the Part We Need to Play Going Forward
Is health all the
rage? Have we finally caught on that we absolutely need to focus on it?
Most people will agree it’s a topic that’s oh so important and yet gets
the backseat in the face of all others. It’s been a rough 2017, I’ve
said it repeatedly and I mean every word. With politics, natural
disasters, and a host of other things in the news our health as a nation
has definitely taken a hit.
Stress is in the air
and it’s been a high tension year for so many of us. It’s the holiday
season and many of us are still recovering from earlier points in the
year where our lives were impacted by one issue or another. Health
should be the focus as we shift over into 2018 and it seems like some of
us have started to really catch on to that.
One of the most
surprising trends I’ve noted this year is the shift in understanding
about health and how fitness, namely good dietary practices and
exercise, affects it. People are starting to come on board about topics
like posture and body alignment, as we’ve so tirelessly tried to
promote, and are evolving in their understanding of how all this ties
It’s really a shame
how some fitness pros haven’t caught on yet. People are becoming wiser;
there’s increased information online and it’s far easier to seek out
trained professionals with years of experience. College graduates and
programs are on the rise and the knowledgeable professional is taking
center stage. While this is taking place, there’s still so much
confusion because of the mixed messages being sent by some of said
It’s a catch 22; with
increased access and information it means more will get out to the
general public, but that also means everyone and their theories about
relevant topics will also be posting what they think. Gym goers and
health fans are often caught in the middle of the crossfire not sure who
to believe or trust.
There have been a
number of controversial documentaries on the market this year. Not
everything said in these videos is correct; sometimes the proper context
isn’t provided or certain tidbits are conveniently left at the wayside
to further the arguments presented. There’s also been a rise in
zealotry; believers in their nutritional path with an almost religious
like following, one that can’t seem to be shaken by facts or research.
While some gym goers
and health fans are all for research and factual information, some
fitness pros have caught on to this and don’t present the research or
information in its entirety. It’s common to be misled by fitness and
health related videos, and frankly it has to stop. Unfortunately, this
won’t come to pass for some time and it’s up to us to help set the
record straight for our clients and those truth seekers.
This is the era we’re
in now. It’s a battle to stay current and an even greater battle to
bring the truth, the whole truth, to light. As fitness professionals,
we’re often in the mix, but it’s important that we do our part to
decipher the puzzles for the ones we care for most. What I’m saying is,
we have to be objective and call it like it is, we have to provide the
facts, and right information, and do our own homework to ensure the
whole truth is being presented.
While the health
industry and the people in and around it continue to evolve, information
will continue to be readily available and professionals, and non-pros,
will continue to spread it. Which side will you be on in 2018?
Regardless, we’ve all got to play our part in debunking, restructuring,
and explaining the information so those caught in the middle can achieve
their goals and be healthy. That’s the part we play moving forward, so
let’s work together to make it happen.
With the Holiday season is in full swing, I’m feeling festive as ever. I want to mention our NPI-Certified Posture Specialist™ program. We’re spreading more than cheer this holiday season, we’re
giving the gift of good posture and body alignment, and we’re here to
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