When I reflect back on starting down my healthy living path it amazes me how much things have changed over (almost) twenty years.
When I reflect back on starting down my healthy living path it’s astonishing to me how little existed at that time to help us women begin & maintain healthy lifestyles.
I remember *searching* for a woman’s-only fitness center with weights because so few women were resistance training back then.
I remember being too afraid to join a co-ed facility because I knew I’d end up doing aerobics—not weights as I wanted—out of sheer intimidation.
I remember repeatedly questioning if I should resistance train because everyone I mentioned it to immediately informed me Id bulk up/they’d turn to fat when I stopped.
Twenty years ago there was virtually nothing.
There were few apparel companies making truly functional female-centric workout clothing.
There were very few communities to which we could look for support.
No blogs. No Twitter. No facebook.
As a result, magazines like Fitness Magazine filled more than a “something to read on the stationary bike” void.
They were our fitness-bibles, our communities, the place where we asked our questions (letters to the editor, anyone?) and basically our entire connection to a female fitness community we couldn’t see/communicate with otherwise.
I began trying (I know there’s no trying only doing. And yes. At the beginning there was only trying around here.) to get healthy right around the time Fitness Magazine launch.
I had a few fits and starts, but for the most part my journey has paralleled Fitness Mag’s.
We both launched in 1992 & have done our best to be as healthy as we can for the past twenty years.
I have no clue what they’d say their ‘best!moment!’ has been since publication—but I know one of my ‘best!moments!’ of healthy living was being selected to launch their Fit Blogger We Love series.
When I started subscribing as a semi-sedentary graduate student I’d never imagined I’d be working out/living fit twenty years later let alone recognized for my efforts.
In the same vein, Im super excited to be heading to NYC on tomorrow.
Fitness Magazine is hosting an all day Meet & Tweet* on May 9th.
There will be a number of panels with rockstar speakers (read: way way far far bigger than I) & I’ll be speaking on a FitFluential panel about the Business of Blogging.
More important than all that stuff is We’re also planning some sort of a meet-up Tuesday night.
Low-key. Hangout. Talk. Laugh. Mock the fact I appear to own no other clothing than jumpsuits.
Id love for any of you NYC or *close* to NYC people to come and join us.
How long has healthy living been an integral part of your day-to-day life?
Where have you found your healthy living ‘community’?
Were you still in diapers twenty years ago while I was struggling to shed pounds? Break it to the rest of us gently.