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This issue will take about 3 minutes to read. Issue #31
Finding a Size Friendly Gym
Support Your Body
Clicks for Causes

Finding a Size-Friendly Gym

First off, don't get frustrated if there simply is NO size-friendly gym in your area. It happens. You CAN make your own fitness class for plus size people! Just gather two or three friends together who are committed to working out. Decide on a time that you will get together in someone's family room, apartment complex rec room, church social hall, or any large space. If you each buy two or three fitness videos you will build a great selection of plus size fitness videos. You can work out together in your own little plus size fitness class! Check out the Video section of my Plus Size Yellow Pages for lots of choices. You will find plus size yoga, tai-chi, aerobics, sitting workouts, and more.

Now, what characteristics should a size-friendly gym have?

  1. Are there armless chairs or loveseats in the waiting room and the locker rooms?
  2. Do they have LARGE towels available (to cover large bodies)?
  3. Is there diversity in the body size of the instructors?
  4. Do they offer classes SPECIFICALLY designed for the unique bio-mechanics of the plus size exerciser?
  5. Do you see other plus size people at the gym?

These are some of the things to look for when you seek a size-friendly gym.

If you have a gym in your area that you wish were more size-friendly, YOU can make a difference by requesting in writing that they implement the ideas in #1 through #4 above. You can request that your gym contact me, Kelly Bliss (1-877-KellyBliss), and I will coach them in the process of becoming more size-friendly.

If many, many plus size people ASK for these changes, then the fitness industry may get the idea ... our money is just as green as any other. If they want the MAJORITY of Americans to participate in fitness, then the fitness industry must make size-friendly gyms.

When you patronize size-friendly gyms or buy size-friendly fitness products, YOU become part of the "fitness for all sizes" movement! You are part of changing the way plus size people are treated.

(If you happen to live in the Philadelphia area, check out my classes in Lansdowne, PA, just twenty minutes west of Philly.) has TEN different videos to meet individual needs...
(click link below for more information)

Fill out this questionnaire to see Which Workout for YOU,
or CALL me 1-877-KellyBliss! I will be glad to help.

Support Your Body
(an excerpt from Kelly's book Don't Weight)

Let's start with how you dress yourself. If you are plus-size you probably have flesh that jiggles. (At the right time, and in the right place, I hope you learn to appreciate and enjoy your jiggling self. There is nothing wrong with flesh that moves! Actually, it can be quite delightful. Jiggling flesh can be like a wave of life, laughter, moving, and being, that stirs through your whole body.) However, when you walk, jiggling can cause discomfort or chaffing.

Let's talk about your thighs. Both men and women have thighs that rub together when walking. You can tell if this applies to you by looking at your pants. If your pants wear out in the inner thighs, then you need this next bit of advice. When walking, wear shorts or tights that are slippery and supportive. For guys, these are sometimes called biker shorts or biker pants. For women they are called shorts, capris, or leggings. There are many fabrics that are slippery, elastic, and supportive. A familiar fabric is nylon spandex. There are others like Cool Max(tm), Quick Wick(tm), and others. The important thing is that the fabric helps support soft flesh, prevent rubbing / chaffing, and is comfortable. You will find many options for supporting your body at Junonia.

When it comes to softness that needs support, you must wear a supportive sports bra, even for non-impact activities. The MOST supportive bra I ever tried is the Enell Bra, sold at Junonia. I literally tried over a dozen brands of bras, and Enell was by far the best.

And what about our bellies? We need support there too. Your bike shorts or leggings will help, but wearing a leotard can add extra support to both belly and breasts. When you add a leotard to your supportive tights or leggings, you get double support for your belly. Over your support layer of choice, you can wear any T-shirt, sweatshirt, or pants you want. You can choose baggy or fitted. There are no rules except your comfort. You can cover-up or uncover. It is up to you.

Clicks For Causes

The Breast Cancer site is having trouble getting enough people to click on it daily to meet their quota of donating at least one free mammogram a day to an underprivileged woman. It takes less than a minute to go to their site and click on "donating a mammogram" for free (pink window in the middle). This doesn't cost you a thing. Their corporate sponsors/advertisers use the number of daily visits to donate mammogram in exchange for advertising. Please tell ten friends to tell ten today! Here's the web site! Pass it along to people you know.

Take Care,
Kelly Bliss
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