Via Dail prompt: A space to Sound out about the muses of a grumpy fitness sort.
Georgina, is the founder of A fat lot of good. She lives with her three children. Each week, she writes about the sense—and nonsense—of life.
Hurrah I opened an Instagram feed to be reminded that there are perfect examples of ‘good’ lycra in the world. To women whom have connected with the right before and after.
‘One year since I stood crying in my bedroom, unable to force myself to go to the gym one more singular time’
For me this is a big part of my life, my work, my business and my responsible voice as a trainer and teacher within the fitness boom.
Social media for the fitness and wellbeing blogging culture has become nothing but wading through a series of before and after images and I can’t but blame my sector and some trainers for that. I am becoming utter wrangled with a visual feed crammed high with toxic before and afters of semi clad cleavage laced women in gyms. A hashtag culture of girls who lift, fitness girls, fitness addict, bikini body. The ‘I am not quite good enough’ seeking culture that is being built around BS.
I ponder the ‘do I change career’ question at times, alas it still remains a hearty no. I am just pig tired of the message alongside the highly formulaic industries that promote quick fixes to do steps of what ‘we say’ is ‘well’.
Don’t get me wrong, I applaud other women, their achievements and the whole sisterhood thing but where exactly are the soft girls that have the ‘strong’? The whole ‘be yourself and this is what makes you beautiful banner’ they surely are becoming media extinct.
It could be the ensamble of hitting forty, hot flushes and the now gentle ease into my own body. The grumpy old woman thing, but what exactly is happening here? Perhaps I am just an eighties dinosaur that enjoyed a bit of Thin Lizzie without a botoxed selfie within the midst.
I speak as a mental health well-being groupie. I have my values, of doing over saying and participation over observation yet I can’t quite get the measure of where the fitness sector is with responsibility to longterm mental health. It all is a darn ‘quick unsustainable fix’ building upon little sustainable mental foundation.
We have to be mindful if we are brandishing a new pressure within our delivery. To be supportive activists of mental health and long term active sustainability, teaching the assets of what our clients are bringing to the table TODAY.
I applaude environments, brands and a good old fashioned gym whom base their health and business agenda around community, collaboration and sharing, there is a lot of giving back to be seen and the bones of good ethical stuff.
Allied to a great work places with clear wellbeing agendas, good relationships and function all give us a great good old fashioned sense of belonging to something we can heartily invest within.
‘Evidence shows that good relationships impact on us and the world around us, we function well as social animals, we belong and relationships provide opportunity to promote growth’
I argue the yoda to this ‘healthy’ craft is actually only seated with acceptance of the self today. It is my job as a trainer to hold a hand and ease an individual back into a romance and relationship with this alone.
I close with a great quote from Seth Godwin picked up on a mutual contacts feed today.
At some point, you’ll need to make a deal with yourself.
What is this career for? What are the boundaries?
What are you keeping score of, maximizing, improving? Who do you serve?
Once you make this pact, don’t break it without a great deal of serious thought.
You might say you’re seeking to create freedom and joy. But then, incrementally, you find yourself trading freedom for money, for status or for approval from strangers…
Or you might sign up to build leverage and wealth.
Which is fine, except when you blink in the face of the huge opportunity you’ve worked hard for.
We know you can’t have everything. No one can. So, what’s it for?
The best time to make a pact is right now. And the worst time to re-visit this pact is when there’s a lot of short-term pressure.’
I persuade all wellbeing seekers and practitioners to make the pact to fall back in love with the ‘self’ today, not a future – the ‘healthy’ bits you attack today need utter applause and celebration within your communities and collaborations.
Those things that can really help to boost our mental wellbeing: CONNECT – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. BE ACTIVE – you don’t have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or find the yoga mat. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a lifetime habit. GIVE TO OTHERS – even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word. BE MINDFULL – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.
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Who am I? I am a 42 year old mother, certified fitness strategist and Health and Wellbeing lecturer.
I build education ventures where I have a team whom thrive to build communities on a quest to live meaningfully and light. Into 2017 we offer a growing catalogue of events, trainings and courses as fitness, health and nutrition experts that teach self ownership.
Building conscious individuals is my passion, and I have been doing that in my fitness career for more than 12 years, making the very best and questioning the why and truths to wellness and vitality.
My greatest passions are helping women end conflict and disconnection with their bodies and the spaces they inhabit. With my unique process and a customised approach, I help women discover the forgotten pockets of their own spirit. Creating beautiful group experiences in addition to private one-on-one sessions. I am a passionate wellbeing speaker and a lecturer in the UK fitness qualification industry where I can be found co-leading workshops in gorgeous places around the coast of sussex. Together we laugh, we cry, we entertain, challenge and inspire.