Reality Fitness for the Real Real Housewives

Ericka McConnell, photo from Fitness Magazine 
Recently someone asked me, “What makes fitness writing different from other types of writing?”
My answer was, “Your biggest competition tends to be the people who are not actually fitness professionals but celebrities who have great genetics and plenty of money to spend on personal trainers, chefs, and aesthetic procedures. They are often pushing expensive or time consuming miracle solutions that aren’t going to work for Jane Doe who is trying to fit in a workout between shuffling kids from school to little league. She doesn’t have the time or money to spend on herself. As an author, it is hard to come up against pizzazz when what you’re selling is reality.” 

Does that mean that the realreal housewives have to suck it up, suck it in, and live with the muffin top? Of course not! You just have to face reality in order to change it. Running after the latest miracle diet, supplement, or exercise DVD is probably not going to be a permanent solution.

Tip #1 You have to face reality in order to change it.
For years I was a personal trainer and weight management consultant with the YMCA. Guess who my clients were? Well, they weren’t movie stars. They were business people, injured athletes, and soccer moms. My clients and I dealt with crazy schedules, sick kids, travel, pay cuts, picky eaters, and all the things that life throws at you.
We had successes and we had failures. I’d love to tell you that every one of my clients reached all their fitness goals, but some didn’t. Over the years, however, I did learn what works and what doesn’t. There are some universal truths. One of them is that everybodyis different. There is no one-size-fits-all diet or exercise plan. I don’t care what the infomercial says.
Tip #2 There is no one-size-fits-all diet or exercise plan.
My goal at The Healthy Moms Magazine is to offer practical solutions for real life Moms. I’d love to hear from you and address your problems and questions each month. Just think of me as a really health conscious Dear Abbey.
You can comment below, contact me at my website,, tweet me up on Twitter, or find me on Facebook at Fitness Inside Out.  What’s your biggest fitness dilemma?

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  • Thomkins Sander , October 19, 2012

    I totally agree with you on tip #2, there really is no one size fits all diet plan. All though our system works the same way, our body is made up differently. So it's really important to find a plan that will suit you.

  • Greta Boris , October 20, 2012

    Right Thomkins, it's also what you can live with and the changes you're willing to make. Sometimes a plan would work if the person was willing to implement it. That isn't always the way it is, though.

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