After following the Nelson Star’s “Get Fit Challenge” with great interest, I was disappointed in the outcome of the challenge.
I love the idea of a fitness challenge in which people are encouraged and motivated to make a long-lasting lifestyle change. My issue with the outcome of the challenge is the focus put on weight loss at an extremely high rate of loss.
The general recommendation for weight loss is no more than two pounds per week, while the winner of the challenge lost 3.5 pounds per week. I understand that this is a general guideline and that weight loss varies based on an individual, but it sends a dangerous message.
I have no objections to Keith Page being named the winner and I think he showed an amazing amount of dedication to the challenge, however, I don’t think his weight loss example demonstrates a sustainable lifestyle change for the average person. There are so many positive benefits of exercise such as mental well-being, increased energy, and improved strength. These benefits are much harder to quantify in terms of “success”, but I was frustrated in seeing the challenge boiled down to a numbers game.