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Your Weight Doesn’t Determine Your Worth
I don’t fit in when it comes to the fitness industry. When you look at creators of formats, you see the ripped abs, the muscular bodies, and the idea of what fit ‘should’ look like. When we look at marketing for gyms, the pictures look the same. Society has this picture of what we should look like to be fit.
Well, I want to change that. Fit is not defined as a size or a number on the scale. You don’t have to have six-pack abs to be fit. Every single person is different, so ‘fit’ looks different for us all. I was told I was too fat to be the person to represent my own fitness brand. That I had to hire a model to represent me.
From the moment I was told that, I made it my mission and purpose to make sure my instructors and participants were the ones being shown in marketing. Showing people of all abilities, and making sure the people that inspire me, would help inspire others.
Our size, our shape, and our measurements do not determine our worth. They don’t determine our strength and determination for things. Our ability to do good things. Kindness has nothing to do with our weight. And how we act is not a measure of our weight.
The bottom line is – weight does not determine our worth!
And this is even more important for our younger generation. They are listening and watching, so let’s teach them to love our bodies and not hate them.
According to a survey done by the National Organization of Women, at the age of 13, 53% of girls are unhappy with their bodies. That number jumps to 78% by the time they reach 17. Social media is a huge factor in this, where comparison to unrealistic images makes kids feel even worse.
So, wear shorts.
Wear a bathing suit.
Go to the gym and have fun.
And don’t worry or compare yourself to others.
We all have our own journey, and it is time that we are PROUD of that journey.
Don’t let someone else’s opinion of how you look determine what you do next. You keep doing you, and loving who you are. Confidence is beautiful!
About the Author
Name: Amy Moreland
Professional Title: CEO and Founder of AMPD Strong, Author, and Public Speaker
Bio: Amy, an advocate for changing the look of fitness, is the CEO and founder of AMPD Strong, a group fitness certification and workout program with choreography-based movement. AMPD Strong started in 2013 with its signature kettlebell workout and has grown to seven programs being taught by over 8,000 trainers in nine different countries. Through a body-positive lens, Amy equips trainers to make a difference in others’ lives by providing certification to teach her programs, which are created to be fun and accessible to all fitness levels.
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