Are You Helping or Hurting?

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There are hundreds of ways to be involved with fitness.

Maybe you jump rope, play pickleball, do group classes, run, lift weights, do yoga, or a plethora of other things.

Regardless of the type of fitness a person chooses, often times someone will complain or speak negatively about it.

I don’t need to tell you what breeds those feelings.

But I will anyways.

Insecurity.

Spin it however you want.

If you feel constantly compelled to badger someone about working out, their type of workout, or whatever angle you want to take, you are simply broadcasting your insecurity.

How dare I say that, right?

I mean, how exactly does that make a person insecure, you ask?

I am not entirely sure why it makes you feel that way, but it does.

Something about what that person is doing either makes you feel bad about what you are doing, or makes you wish you were doing something else.

Now, let’s be clear, we aren’t talking about a conversation where you are ASKED your opinion on something like Zumba versus weight training.

Of COURSE you explaining why weight training has exponential benefits over a class such as Zumba is not being insecure.

However, if Pam from work posts on Facebook that she just got home from a super fun Zumba class, you aren’t held responsible by God to comment that she is wasting her time and Zumba is worthless.

Maybe Pam has been sitting on her butt for the last 15 years and has been deathly afraid of setting foot in a gym until her friend convinced her to try a Zumba class.

It just might be the ONE thing that gets her off the couch in the evening and YOU are the only person who is crying about it.

Some activity will always trump no activity.

If someone is able to walk for 20 minutes a day after work, awesome.

If a person can ride their bike to work every day, great.

Sure, given my profession I see and hear of people wasting time with not so worthwhile fitness modes all the time, but many times there is more to it.

Just remember that it often goes deeper than what you see on the surface.

I currently have a client who only walks for their workouts aside from when they are with me.

And it’s awesome.

They see great results with walking at this point in their fitness journey and it is the correct type of training for them at this time.

So many people are hell bent on worrying about what others are doing in fitness.

Whatever you do, don’t be that person.

Take a second and understand that perhaps what you see is the BEST thing possible for that person right now.

Now, if someone asks for your help, help them!

But, if not, relax.

At the end of this life that’s all I can hope I have done in this career.

Help people.

You know what? Sometimes the best help is NOT the fastest way to great results, but it just may be the BEST way for that person at that time.

So, worry about yourself, and help people if they would like help.

It’s like taking a DeLorean back to the concepts of kindergarten, but maybe we all need a reminder.

There’s a quote that goes something like this:

“Smile and be nice to everyone you meet. You don’t know what they are going through, and they may need that smile.”

In similar fashion, do not degrade anyone trying their best in fitness. You never know what their backstory is.

NOTHING deserves more respect than a person continually trying to the best of their ability.

Remember, life is easy on the sidelines and nobody likes a whiny spectator.

If you would like some help, I answer all emails and would be happy to lend a hand. Email me at: JwaltersPT@gmail.com

or learn more at my website: Jonwalters.co

IG: JonWalters15

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Summer 2015 throw back! My client Cindy getting it done on the prowler at the end of her workout.

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