📣GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTORS & PERSONAL TRAINERS!📣
Make a MENTAL NOTE!- If we want our participants to have a lifelong love of movement, we need to remove phrases such as “earning that taco” or “burn off that glass of wine from last night” from our classes.
One thing that keeps my language in check when teaching is:
“If you wouldn’t say it to a group of 7-10 year old girls, don’t say it to your group fitness class!”
Using exercise as a form of punishment, weight management tool and reason TO indulge in food or drink is confusing to our psyche. -
Imagine telling your child (who tends to have a joyful relationship with movement) to “play at the park for 30 more minutes so [they] can have that popsicle when they get home”
What that teaches the child is that movement is directly related to their food consumption and that its purpose is for indulgence only.
Subconsciously, it teaches them to restrict their food intake on days that they don’t move AS much- (think sickness, vacation or rainy days)
The thought of “Earning” your food most likely create a negative mindset around exercise, rather than doing it because of ALL the wonderful benefits it has.
It is viewed as a means to an end, as a way to compensate FOR something else which tends to lead to a negative relationship with movement.
EXERCISE reduces anxiety, depression, improves social relationships, increases stamina and endurance- improves bowel movements, improves sleep and SELF esteem.
Consistent joyful movement AIDES in improved self esteem- so let’s re-examine how we as instructors SET the example for a lifelong love of MOVEMENT by implementing the above.