As I sit here sipping on my protein smoothie, looking forward to a strength workout tomorrow and planning training sessions for clients, I can’t help but think how much my life has changed in the last 2 years.
2 years ago I couldn’t walk 2 miles without getting out of breath, I was so unhappy in myself and I was the heaviest weight I’d been in years. Back when I started my journey back to fitness I definitely met with a few sceptics in my life. It wasn’t ‘normal to workout 5 times a week, it wasn’t ‘normal’ to make restaurant choices based on healthy options and it wasn’t ‘normal’ to get more excited about new trainers than new heels.
Fast forward 2 years and now everyone goes spinning, that woman down the post office does hiit workouts using an app and your neighbour and her dog only ever wear lycra. Fitness has spread.
And you know what? I love it. Far from being annoyed that it’s now mainstream, I love that my lifestyle is now easier to follow and much more supported by everyone. Here’s the other reasons why I love the fact that fitness has gone mainstream:
1) No one even looks twice if I order something off the menu in a restaurant
2) I don’t get pressured to drink on nights out anymore
3) Health has become a priority for many more people which is great for everyone involved
4) The emphasis is now on strength which fits with my goals and an increasing number of my clients’ goals
5) Early morning workouts with friends have become the new coffee dates
6) Even if I’m not the ‘smallest’ or ‘lightest’ I’ve ever been I’m definitely the strongest and most importantly, the happiest I’ve ever been
7) It’s acceptable to wear lycra in between clients, even if I’m not actually exercising
8) Telling people you’re taking on a massive personal fitness challenge won’t garner looks of disbelief and pity
9) Talking about macros, PBs, deadlifts and burpees is totally acceptable at the dinner table
10) Not going to lie, as a personal trainer this shift has been lucrative!
What do you love about fitness becoming mainstream?