On Saturday, I attended the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. It has many fitness competitions (including bodybuilding), booths with free stuff, and lots of very, very fit people walking around. It was a fun event, even if the crowds were a little too huge for my liking (the lines for the free stuff were ridiculous).
I last went to the Sports Festival when I was a teenager. It was an important event that gave me a new perspective on health and fitness. I had been interested in those topics, even as a teen (both as a sports player and in my own spare time).
But, it was fascinating to see people who had taken their fitness to such a new, high level. The same was true during my recent visit. Not only were many of the people present very easy on the eyes, but they showed that high levels of health and fitness were very possible at almost any age. Some were perfectly fit even in their 60s!
I saw a handful of teens at the event, although most of the people walking around were adults. I understand that fact given transportation issues and all. Still, I wish I would’ve seen more teenagers.
We live in a time when more teens are into video games, texting, and other technology than going out and being fit. This is in spite of the fact that fitness makes people of all ages feel better, look better, and become more popular.
I’m not writing this to be critical, but I do challenge all readers of this post (especially the teens) to get out and get more active. Join a sports team, start a workout program, and, if you’re overweight, lose it in a healthy way. Be inspired to go out and look and feel better. Make sure to consult a doctor, however, especially if you are very out of shape.