IS THE FITNESS MOVEMENT
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.