There’s nothing that fires me up than when I hear comments made about “fit and healthy” people that are incorrect. I’ve been on both the receiving and giving end of these, but generally find myself on the receiving end. I’ve had these comments said either directly or indirectly to me or friends of mine. I’d like to set the record straight just in case there is any confusion. So here I go…out to bust some misconceptions that some people place on fit and healthy people.
Misconception #1: We think you’re fat and lazy.
Truth: No. Chances are, we aren’t even thinking about your situation and life unless you ask us or it’s directly impacted us. Fit people are worried about “running their own race” and encouraging those when they cross their path. Please, don’t assume this out of a fit person unless they directly say it.
Misconception #2: We are obsessed.
Truth: Have you seen this phrase floating around the internet?
I actually don’t really like the phrase at all. I can see how it would be offensive to some, but part of it is right! We are just dedicated! We know what works for our life and we stick to it. If you are purely going off of being focused on something, then I’d say we are all obsessed about something.
Misconception #3: We are vain.
Truth: Listen. Just because we enjoy taking care of our bodies, and YES, probably enjoy it when we see some muscle on our shoulders, or our jeans fitting nicely, doesn’t mean we are vain! Are we not to enjoy a visual aspect of life? Do you highlight your hair? Wear trendy clothes? Take pictures of your newly decorated mantle and put it on Facebook? Why? Because there is something to be said for enjoying an aestically pleasing thing! Are there some people who are vain? Sure, but don’t lump us all in that category because we enjoy spending time on our health.
Misconception #4: We work out “all the time”.
Truth: Is this true for some people? Yes. But I’d venture to say that most of us are hitting maybe 60 minutes a day, 3-5 times a week. Do you know what that equals? Out of 168 hours in a week, we spend 3-5 hours taking care of our health. That’s barely 3% of our week! That’s not a lot of time when you look at it in perspective to everything else we do. Don’t mistake someone who is fit to be someone who is in the gym 24/7. Chances are they have found an EFFICIENT way of working out, are committed, and make MOST of their gains (haha) in the KITCHEN with the food they eat.
Misconception #5: We have good genes.
Truth: Ha! That’s all I have to say about that. Good genes only take you so far. MOST people’s “good genes” will catch up with them eventually.
The message here is both for fit and healthy folks and those who wouldn’t categorize themselves as that. Watch your words. Quit making assumptions of people who aren’t living the life you are. Extend grace. Have a conversation. You never know–you may find yourself in the other person’s shoes one of these days!
Are there any other misconception you’d like to BUST about fit and healthy people? Share below!