IS THE FITNESS MOVEMENT DYING?

The fitness movement is getting bigger, not smaller. In the early days, especially when running became popular, runners were noticed because it was new. Marathons and other runs attracted media attention and got a great deal of coverage. Nowadays marathons and even triathlons arenít considered as newsworthy as they once were so you donít hear about them. Reporters are writing about the "sensational" Ė not the "ordinary".

The momentum of the fitness movement is so big and so strong that educated people are embarrassed if they are not a part of it. People donít make fun of you anymore if you run at night or in weird places or wear strange costumes. In the old days a woman running down the street by herself felt very conspicuous but not so anymore. The fitness movement has, in fact, spawned many new industries. In the early days a woman runner might be reluctant to say she needed a special bra, but now jog bras are a major enterprise. Think about all those commercials for thirst quenching sports drinks, "just do it" shoes, and every imaginable fitness machine Ė the very idea that "the fitness movement is dying" is laughable!

Letís compare the fitness movement to driving a car with a five-speed gearshift. When you put it in first gear, it makes a lot of noise. Even in second gear there is a lot of noise, but in third gear itís harder to hear the engine. When you finally shift into fifth gear, as the fitness movement is now doing, you canít hear the engine at all. Youíre going down the freeway at 60 mph and you canít even hear it. Thatís where the fitness movement is. Itís doing so well, moving so fast with so many people involved, that weíre not making such a fuss about it anymore.

There is a moral to all of this. If you are making a fuss about it then the movement has left you behind. Tell us how the fitness movement has moved you! Share your story in the guestbook comments and we'll add it to our web page! Click here to go to the guestbook.

Previous Article
Target Principles
Next Article
Aerobic Exercise