You Are a Health Role Model – Whether You Like It or Not
I’ll never forget 11th grade. One of my teachers was an amazing woman. She was one of those teachers that just loved her job. She came into class smiling and each lesson was taught with such passion.
You couldn’t help but like her. She was infectious.
She said something one day that stuck with me through all of these years. She said, “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?”
That question rang in my ears.
Am I a good or bad role model?
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. 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.
I think that for some health and fitness professionals that may be the case, but not for all of us. I have my down times too. As a former overweight mom, I struggle some days with motivation. I too sometimes crave chocolate. I still struggle with emotional eating. Some habits take a really long time to change.
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 and that’s okay. It doesn’t make me weak. It doesn’t make me 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. Maybe 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 maybe 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. The question is yours to answer: are you a good role model or not?
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