Improved fitness goals are one of the most common New Year’s resolutions. Even though it’s still January, resolutions have already begun to fade from consciousness. Research shows that only 46% of people who resolve to get fit in the New Year are continuing their goal after six months of working out. It’s hard to find the motivation to make it to the gym, but one new kind of fitness facility hopes to change one of the biggest reasons heavier men and women have for skipping the gym. Downsize Fitness, a gym chain which originated in Chicago, only allows membership for individuals who are 50 pounds overweight or heavier.
Downsize Fitness aims to help people get healthy while also creating a unique gym community: one without body shaming issues that are sometimes prevalent in other chain gyms. Fitness centers can be intimidating for those less-than-perfect patrons who feel watched and ridiculed by other members. At Downsize Fitness, 95% off the staff has completed or is in the process of his or her weight loss journey. Without the intimidation factor, patrons can try new exercises and classes and feel empowered by the success of other members. Even the equipment is designed to support larger frames.
January 19th through the 25th is National Healthy Weight Week. Even if Downsize Gym (which has limited locations currently) doesn’t sound like the kind of gym you’d like to join, it’s important to remember that working out is one key factor in fighting diseases like diabetes and heart disease. We encourage everyone, regardless of body shape and size, to practice healthy habits like exercising regularly, eating well, and getting enough sleep. Celebrate the curves you’ve got by making sure you’re wearing a well-fitted sports bra, too. Want to make sure you’re wearing the right size? Our bra size calculator is a great tool to use at home with basic measurements.
Drink more water, make sure to exercise, and keep smiling! Let’s push through those New Year’s resolutions and make the right choices for staying healthy in body and mind.