Coach Chris of Optimum Performance and Nutrition was kind enough to share his thoughts on fitness and well-being. Coach Chris is a personal trainer and motivational powerhouse located in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a very talented young man and I am deeply honored that he chose to offer us his thoughts!
From Coach Chris:
Where did this idea that being “skinny” means that a person is healthy or should be something that everyone should try to obtain? I saw a story recently on Time.com entitled "Why Thin Doesn't Equal Healthy.” Society has adopted the thought process that being skinny means that you’re healthy, I find this not to be the case. In my professional opinion this is a thought process that should definitely be put aside. My name is Chris Franklin. I have been a fitness coach for many years now. In my time as a trainer I have assisted people from all walks of life. From the collegiate athlete who wants to improve his or her performance in a particular sport, everyday mothers and fathers who just want to lose some extra pounds to be able to play with their children pain free or the seasoned grandmother who just wants to improve her balance. No matter the fitness or performance goal I have coached them all. Although all these individuals may have different goals, they all have one thing in common. They all want to FEEL GOOD, LOOK GOOD, and MOVE GOOD. No matter the person, 1 out of the 3 is usually, if not all what people want when they are trying to become more healthier.
I believe this should be the goal of everyone who is trying to become more healthier and fitter. Not the goal to be “skinny.” Could you imagine being skinny and still feeling joint and muscle pains and aches all because you don’t partake in any strength training? Or being skinny and clumsy and uncoordinated? In my professional opinion if a person has all 3 of the “GOODs” then and only then can one truly be healthy. Too often I have found that people let their insecurities and ignorance get the best of them, which sometimes causes a person to make goals and decisions for the wrong reasons. Health and fitness should not be about being skinny or weight loss. From my perspective it’s about people being able to take pride in their body in a way that they may look at themselves and live their life free of bodily pains and aches.
I’d like to encourage and challenge those who may have the thought process to shift your perspective about the way you may view yourself. By no means am I saying losing weight is a negative thing, but I believe more thought should be put into moving regularly and appreciating the body that you have been giving. And through that consistency, the weight loss will become a result of those consistent choices.
Chris can be contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org