Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Happy Fit of July!



Crystal Manjarres

It’s that time of year again: swimsuits, sand, and sun– sans snowbirds. We locals love having the beach all to ourselves! The question is, will you actually get out there and enjoy it?

Some of us will and some will hibernate like it’s winter in Canada counting down the days until it blows us into the safer, more fully-clothed weather of the fall. Some will get out there and enjoy every sunrise, every foamy lick of the gulf while others will only admire it from a glance– out of the window. Why is that? For the majority of us (and I’m referring to the female population here), it’s because it’s the dreaded-should-be-outlawed-swimsuit season and we would rather shave our head than be caught in public wearing what only we feel comfortable in private.

Why is that? Why should a swimsuit dictate our fun? Why do we nit-pick our every flaw, or even worse, that of others? Does it really matter at the end of the day? If this were our last moment, would we really be so concerned about what others think that we would miss out on our own happiness– especially since they could care less anyways!

I heard this great quote once; it said, “when you’re in your twenties, all you care about is what everyone else is thinking about you. When you hit your forties, you could care less what everyone thinks about you. When you’re in your sixties, you realize that no one was ever even thinking about you!” I think this is so true! We are all so focused on ourselves that no one is really thinking about anyone else– and if there is a small chance that this is not the case, then do you really want someone like that in your life? Do you really want to let someone who is not your cheerleader take away your peace?

We need to own our bodies: the so-called “flaws” and all. Did you know that without a golf ball’s imperfections, it would be useless in the sport? It is those specific “flaws” that make it so valuable. The same is true for all of us. There is so much more to us than our outward appearance.

Take care of your body, yes. Eat healthy, exercise, sleep well, work and play in moderation, and make sure to relax. But ignore the media telling you to look like someone else– if you were supposed to be identical to that woman in the magazine, then trust me, God would have designed you that way. But everyone knows that even the models themselves don’t look like their pictures! It’s an unrealistic facade. You are remarkable. You are a masterpiece. You are unique. There has never been, nor will there ever be another YOU.

So get out there and enjoy your summer to the fullest! You only get to live this day once!


Crystal Manjarres is the owner of One-On-One Fitness, a private personal training and Pilates studio for men and women on Marco Island. She is a certified personal trainer and Stott Pilates certified instructor. Her focus is “Empowering men and women of all shapes and sizes”. To send in a question, email Crystal@ She can also be reached at or and 239-333-5771.

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