I Wish I Wasn’t a Fitness Freak

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I eat nutritious food, work out regularly, and enjoy the lifestyle that those things include. I’m active and passionate, and yes – I enjoy exercise.

Are you a Freak?

I’ve never been crazy about the term “Fitness Freak”. Maybe it’s because the word “freak” tends to have a negative connotation, but recently I’ve been giving it a bit more thought and I’m even more disturbed by the term. Let’s think about the definition for a second:

Freak

A very unusual and unexpected event or situation.

Hmmmm.

So a healthy person who enjoys working out and moving her body is a freak.

Isn’t it a bit sad that being physical and living a beneficial lifestyle is “a very unusual and unexpected event or situation”?

When the majority of people (over 65%, the latest reports show) are overweight and 80% of people don’t get even the minimum government recommended amount of exercise (only 2.5hrs a week of moderate activity) it’s only a “freak” that works out 4 or 5 times a week and maintains a lean physique.

Isn’t that a sad statement about our society?

It’s more common for people to sit around watching five hours of TV and eating cheeseburgers and fries with Coke than it is to be physical and eat healthy foods that nourish your body for activity, happiness, and longevity.

I hope you’re with me in thinking there’s something wrong with that.

So have you got the guts to be a health and fitness “freak”?

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a bit of a freak already.

Embrace it. Join me in embracing your fitness freak.

Who’s with me?

Ivana Chapman 

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Ivana Chapman

Ivana Chapman BSc BA CSCS is a Canadian fitness and nutrition coach, happy wife, and mom to an energetic 5-year-old boy. She is a writer, published fitness model, speaker, 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan Karate, former World Cup Karate Champion, one-time marathoner, and CBBF National level Natural Bikini competitor. She loves weight training and chocolate, not always in that order of preference.
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