Health & Fitness

Exercise Shaming: How Can Health Be Frowned Upon?

Exercise Shaming

You workout. You eat right. SO what’s the problem? The stares, the glares, the exercise shaming. Health is a priority and should be. Not everyone feels that hitting the gym, turning down a drink, or choosing a salad over fries is appropriate.

When health is a priority, you make time for it. You wake up earlier, stay up later, spend extra time to prepare food of nutritional value, and this doesn’t mean you are taking time away from anything or anyone. Why does this have to be an either/or situation?

Eating clean is somehow not normal, but a rare trait that warrants attention. The person striving for good health knows that when they take the best care of themselves, others are getting the best of them not what is left of them. It is possible to have a work/life balance. It is possible to utilize your time and still accomplish what responsibilities need to be done.

Where do we draw the line between too fit or too overweight? Polar opposite, yet still frowned upon depending on who you ask. We live in a world of extremes. All or nothing. Someone going to the gym and eating right means you don’t have time for anything or anyone else. Not true. Those who pass these judgments are doing so due to their own guilt for not being healthy. When someone says have a bite or try this, it’s because it always feels better and less damaging when you eat treats, sweets, and cheat foods with someone else. In a sense, misery loves company, and no one wants to be confronted with their own faults. Actions speak louder than words and they have only had intentions or thoughts of what you are doing, which creates unwarranted spite and jealousy.

On our quest for better health, we have to consider the source of the remarks. Surrounding ourselves with encouraging and supportive people sets us up for better results. We are all entitled to give and take criticism and opinions, but that doesn’t mean they’re fact or truth. The lesson would be to understand what it feels like to be on the receiving end of these words and do not reciprocate or repeat this behavior towards others. We need to LIFT each other up. Otherwise, we continue to build walls, lack communication and regret not living to our fullest. Inspire those who need your motivation and ignore those who don’t understand your journey. It’s not for them to understand, it’s for YOU to feel and be your BEST!

Comment down below how you feel about these exercising shaming topics.

Is working out being self-absorbed? Is working out pregnant being selfish? Is leaving the kids at daycare an hour longer so you can hit the gym bad parenting? Is spending money on memberships and trainers not putting family first? Is taking a gym selfie of your progress vain?

Megan Johnson McCullough is a NASM Master Trainer & Instructor, AFAA Group Exercise Instructor, candidate for her Doctorate in Health & Human Performance, professional natural bodybuilder, she’s a Women’s Health Magazine Action Hero, and she owns a fitness studio in Oceanside, CA, called Every BODY’s Fit. Her mission is to help every BODY become the best version of themselves. Her pug, Steve Nash, is the mascot and her assistant at the studio. She is happily married and loves spreading her passion for health, fitness, and wellness through training and writing.

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