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Create Heroes, Not Statues | Mission Blog

By Ev Eric

Whenever I, my fitness friends, or fitness leaders post pictures online, they’re always showing one or more of the following:

  • Working out
  • About to workout
  • Just got finished working out
  • Flexing
  • Healthy food
  • Yoga pose in their living room
  • Yoga pose in public
  • Yoga pose with healthy food and flexing in public.

And that’s great! That’s good stuff. It’s the language by which we’ve been able to tell ourselves and others that, “Hey! I live a healthy lifestyle! Don’t you want to do that too! You can!!” It’s an inspiring message, but what it doesn’t show is how your life is changed by fitness.

To me, the fitness world seems all about the statues: the poses, the before/after, the selfie, and maybe that’s because it is trying to appeal to what people care about the most: themselves. But I have to think that with fitness comes responsibility. In June 2015, the CDC estimated that only 20.8% of adults meet the federal physical fitness guidelines for both aerobic and muscle strengthening activities.

This means that around 20% of the public are stronger, faster, and have more endurance than everyone else. And how do we use that? By posing for pictures? No, that’s not entirely true, but social media seems to show that. How are we using our above-normal strength, agility, and ability to help our families, friends, and communities?

You don’t have to fly into the 20th floor of a burning building to be a hero. Being someone’s hero is simply doing something for them that they either can’t do or would have difficulty doing for themselves.

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