The physical fitness industry is continually growing. Regular exercise is a big part of many people’s day-to-day activities and is a goal many others are trying to implement. Unfortunately, the fitness industry can sometimes be exclusionary and intimidating to people trying to get started with an exercise routine. This is why we believe in creating a community where fitness is inclusive to everyone. When exercise feels inclusive, more people will feel comfortable getting started.

The Benefits of Regular Exercise 

You’ve probably heard that regular physical activity is good for your body and brain. Exercising can reduce depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, lower your risk for some cancers, and help you sleep better. Physical activity can also help as you age to slow the loss of bone density, lower your risk of falling, and help manage arthritic pain. 

Many people get into fitness to lose weight or build muscle mass — both of which exercise can play an important role in — but incorporating regular physical activity in your life can have benefits far beyond fitting into a smaller pair of pants. Fitness can help you lead a longer, happier, and healthier life. Which is why we’re so passionate about ensuring that exercise is inclusive and accessible for everyone.

Fitness At Every Level

Oftentimes, people who don’t have a regular fitness routine can feel intimidated at the thought of getting started with one. Gyms, fitness programs, and fitness enthusiasts can be off putting when you’re starting from a “low” level of fitness. Particularly when weights or other forms of equipment are involved, it can be hard to know how to properly use the equipment and can be discouraging when you have to take a break during a fitness class when others are powering through. 

Exercising comes in a huge variety of forms and intensities. Creating a fitness routine that you can integrate into your life means finding forms of exercise that work for you. Although it can be challenging, try not to compare your fitness level and activities to other people’s. Even ultra-marathoners started off running a single mile. Figure out what forms of exercise appeal to you and then get started. It can be useful to find outside support in the form of a trainer, friend, or experienced fitness buff to help you navigate the ins and outs of using equipment, creating a training program, and taking care of your body. 

Fitness At Every Size

There is no single size or appearance of being fit. While fitness advertising and clothing often feature a very small variety of different body sizes, ethnicities, and ages, the reality is that fitness looks different for everyone and it’s not only thin, white, muscley people. 

Inclusivity in fitness opens the doors for new representation and voices to participate in the field and diversify the bodies we think of as fit. First, with representations of fitness that are more diverse, we can help create a perception of being “in shape” that is relatable to more people and encourages physical activity for everyone — not only the people who fit into the typical representations of a fit person. Second, representation is tremendously important in making people feel welcome in a space. If everyone in the room is thin, white, and covered in muscle definition, someone who doesn’t fit into those same categories may feel like the odd duck out. Whereas seeing someone whose body looks a little more similar to your own can feel like a welcome mat — you, too, belong in this space. 

Here at ViGOR FiTNESS, we’re building an inclusive fitness community. Check out our blog for more fitness tips and inspiration!