With a prolonged fat-shaming fitness culture, most of the plus-size people step out of the gym as soon as they hit it. The idea of being skinny is further fueled by fitness magazines and DVDs that never ever feature any plus-size models. And with all this, it is really hard to find some true inspiration when you want to stay fit. Moreover, in gyms and fitness centers, you often encounter instructors with chiseled bodies who make you even more uncomfortable in your skin.
Debugging all the fitness myths and dodging all the fat shaming culture, Ragen Chastain literally a plus size fitness instructor is completely opposite of typical fitness trainer and here are few things that she want even you to know.
No hold on life
I will date once I lose weight. I will get a job once I lose weight…..and so on. If all this sounds familiar, this advice typically applies to you. Your life should not depend on your weight and you should not hold your life for your body size. In place of waiting for a lean body, start living right away. Do what you want to do. Don’t wait till you drop a few pounds as life will not wait for you.
Choose fun things
If you hate going to gym or you hate running, then don’t do it. In place of choosing something boring to stay fit, choose things that sound fun to you. If you enjoy doing something, you just keep going. The simplest idea is to choose your fitness on your own terms. Be active with anything that you do.
Search the right thing
You signed up for gym thinking that it would be great but, you now just hate it. If this happens, leave it and never ever go back. You are no longer in school and you are all allowed to make your decisions. You can anytime quit something that you plain don’t like. Keep searching for the activity that keeps you going. Once, you find the right activity for yourself, stick to it.
The cycle of warm up and cool down
The most generic still huge fitness rule is to warm up as it saves your joints. Moreover, if you are a plus-size fitness freak, it becomes even more important as more weight would put more weight on your joints. Easy movements on treadmill or any other cardio machine will warm up your body and get the blood flowing to the joints and muscles. This would make sure that your joints stay stronger for long.
Chub rub is not only for you
The chafing between your inner thighs is highly painful and it does happen. But, you are not the only one, skinny people are also prone to this. Everyone has to deal with it and there are certain ointments and powders that help you in dealing with it effectively.
Being antisocial is fine
You don’t like going to gym and seeing lots of people. It’s absolutely normal and there is nothing strange about it. If you don’t like it, don’t do it. YouTube is loaded with yoga videos, zumba, great workouts and more. You can try them in the comfort of your home.
Ignore the losers
A sense of shame and embarrassment often hold back the plus size people to go to the gym as some loser start judging them. The simple idea is to ignore all those who try to embarrass you and in place of these jerks, you should focus on your goal of staying fit. Moreover, most of the people are busy with their own workouts; there are only few who would try to make you feel bad. Simply ignore them.
Weight loss is not the only goal
If you set a goal of losing weight, you would never be able to stay fit. Your primary goal should be to be happy and stay fit. When you choose weight loss as your goal, you may end up demotivated. Don’t go for physical results and go for health benefits that the fitness regime offers.
Workout for your body
When you plan to start a fitness program for yourself, always remember, you have to work in favor of your body in place of going against it. Make modifications if required and don’t over stress. Figure out workouts and modifications that could work for your body type.