Mahler's Monday Morning Motivator # 422 – Fitness as a Disability
Fitness as a Disability (08-26-13)
Well, after giving it a lot of thought, I am beginning to think that fitness puts me at a disadvantage. In fact, I have come to the conclusion that living a fit lifestyle, keeping my weight under control, and exercising regularly has qualified me for a disability. When I look around me, there seem to be so many perks that others get that I am denied. When I travel to public places, the level of discrimination against me is astounding.
Let's take a look at this insidious plot against me and all who have embraced fitness as a part of their lifestyle.
- no one marks off a parking place for me when I go to the mall or the store, so I don't have to walk too far.
- when I get into the store there is no, comfortable motorized chair provided for me to sit in and ride around when I do my shopping.
- my insurance company doesn't cover providing me with workout tips and information like they do for their patients with weight problems.
- there are no seats set aside for me in the front row at church or in the theater.
- when I go to the amusement park, and wait 45 minutes to get on a coaster, I don't get escorted to the front of the line like that kid with the crutches.
- my prescription drug policy does not pay for the healthy supplements I put in my body, but covers all sorts of medicine for people who have not taken care of themselves.
- at the airport, no one meets me with a wheelchair or motorized cart and takes me to the gate. Instead I have to walk all that distance, and usually my gate is the farthest from the entrance.
- and, while we're at it, I am not the first to get on the plane, because I have a cane or a walker.
- I am more likely to get a casual joke made about me when I refuse a dessert or have a low calorie meal, when to criticize someone who is overweight and ordering the extra-large, humongous size, is pretty much taboo.
- when I shop for men's clothing, there are always plenty of items in sizes that are way to big for me, and so, I have to look in the young men's area for my size.
I could go on and on, but I think you can easily see the gross intolerance that is aimed at the people in this world who have embraced fitness. It' is quite criminal.
How do we correct this imbalance in treatment? Well, I can't cover them all, but here are a few suggestions.
- parking lots should have spaces at the far end marked with symbols of an athletic shoe, reserved for people who like to walk the distance to the store.
- stores should provide leg weights so that I can strap them on while I do my shopping to get a little extra boost from walking around.
- all public buildings should have as many signs directing me to the stairwell, as they do directing folks to elevators and escalators.
- my health plan could reimburse me for healthy eating. After all, a lean chicken breast is a lot cheaper than, say, a prescription for Lipitor.
- at the airport, they can put me on the clock when I enter the terminal. If I make good time getting to my gate, I get to be seated first.
I'd still like that front row seat in church or at the theater and I would really love to get on that roller coaster without waiting, and perhaps there is a solution to those injustices that I have not yet explored. My friends and family (especially my wife) have come to terms with my flaws. They suffer my impatience when I walk ahead, or run. They accept me getting up early on a vacation to go out for a run or to the fitness center to exercise. They tolerate my food choices. They recognize my disability and they deal with it.
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