Wow that is quite a headline don’t you think? Kind of scary for me to write.
So let me start at the reason I put that in the headline today. I was at a dinner party a few days ago with a personal trainer friend of mine. We somehow got into a discussion on why people become over weight and out of shape. My PT friend believes that these people are simply lazy! Well to say I was mortified by this comment is an understatement!
It made me sad, very sad that a friend, fellow PT would put that kind of energy out to anyone who is struggling with weight, self esteem, health issues. It also made me angry! This PT friend has never had a challenge with weight, ever. So in my humble opinion if you have never walked in a persons moccasins how do you know if they are lazy? Until you have walked in Over Weight, Low Self Esteem, and any kind of Health issue best not be judging.
I have worked with clients who have been morbidly obese, very unhealthy, very nonathletic and not one of them were lazy. In fact in many areas of their life they were at the top! Top student, top employee, top boss, top business owner and for whatever reason this aspect of life got away from them.
It has gotten away from me so I totally get it. I get being so stressed, so not in the head space to train, work out, exercise. I get it and I have been in this field of work since 1990. So what is the person who has no experience, no understanding and is overwhelmed, stressed, running around taking care of family, business, aging parents going to do? Probably what most do. They do their best everyday just to survive! Lazy! Absolutely Not!
So for me working in this field I believe that not putting out judgement, not expecting clients to be where I feel they “should” be is a great place to start. Ultimately I see all of my clients as “resourceful, creative and whole” how my clients reach their health, wellness, fitness goals are with kindness, persistence and compassion! This is done through teaching each client in a way they can hear that they do have an athlete inside that will come out through fitness, exercise, diet, coaching.
Just My Thought!