I’ll never forget 12th grade. One of my coaches was an amazing man named Mr. Dietz. He was one of those coaches that loved the basketball and teaching it. He had a great passion for his players and how they played the game.
Coach was tough, but fair. You respected him.
He said something one day that stuck with me through all of these years. He said, “Be a role model.”
Fast forward and here is my thought for you: Like it or not, you are a role model. You are a role model to your friends, your siblings, and others that you don’t even know. Are you a good or bad role model?
Now, think about that question – am I a good or bad role model? We’ll come back to it.
Misconception About Health Professionals
One of the things I learned is there is a common misconception about those who work in the health and fitness industry, people like me. This includes personal trainers, health coaches, nutritionists, dieticians, and athletes. The general consensus is that we love to eat healthy food all the time and enjoy working out every single day.
The general thought is that being healthy is easy for us and always has been and will be.
I think that for some health and fitness professionals that may be the case, but not for all of us. Now, I can only speak for myself, but I have my down times too. I struggle some days with motivation. I’ll crave a hunk of birthday cake or a candy bar. I miss workouts and I feel terrible about it.
But like it or not, I am a role model for my clients. And that doesn’t bother me one bit because I want my clients to know that I struggle sometimes too and that’s okay. It doesn’t make me weak or less determined.
It makes me human.
Here’s my point. Whether you work in the health and fitness space or loathe it because you hate eating healthy food and being active, one thing remains true. You’re modeling behavior for someone in your life – probably a few people.
Maybe your kids watch you prepare a healthy meal each night. Perhaps your friends at work see you taking a brisk walk during your lunch break. Maybe your spouse sees you making new friends at your health club.
Or maybe your kids see someone who is unhappy with their weight. Maybe your friends at work hear the words “I’m really gonna do it this time!” and they just roll their eyes because they know your words mean very little. Or you’re an enabler for your spouse and order Chinese takeout three times a week.
No matter what you do there is someone watching and looking up to you. So again I’ll ask: are you a good role model or not?
Need A Positive Role Model?
I am dedicated to being a positive health role model. I care about you and your goals. I’ll do what I can to help you succeed. Count on me as part of your social support system that will be there to support you, motivate you, and guide you when you need it. I am here to help and look forward to meeting you.
About the Author:
Hi, I’m Josh Davidson, owner of Personal Training Institute of Fort Wayne. I have been involved in health and fitness for over 7 years. I would love to help you start living a healthy lifestyle. You can learn more about my staff and I as well as how we can help you feel better by calling 260-338-2022 or visiting our website here. If you’re looking to start on your fitness journey now, sign up for a free consultation and workout today!