While I’m busy with my nose stuck in an exam prep guide for my CPPB, my good friend Alexandra has offered to share a great guest post on humour and self-love:
My twin sister and I have taught group fitness for 30 years. That’s exactly how long we’ve been joking around with our students! We were once asked if we were aware our jokes are corny. And prior to an interview a year or so ago, we were sent this potential interview question: “Your writing style is quite casual and humorous. Do you feel this unique approach resonates with your readers? Are you ever concerned it could affect your credibility?
My answer is…..it depends. Growing up as a red-headed, freckly, smart, four-eyes (this term I’ve never quite understood, how can my glasses have eyes?), nail-biting, flat-chested twin (am I missing anything here?), it didn ‘t take me past the first milk break in kindergarten to realize that humor was the only thing that could save me (and getting cleavage and contact lenses as a teen). Research has shown that humor can help with:
- Bonding with friends and family
- Reinforcement of group identity and cohesiveness
- Increased friendliness and altruism
- Increased attractiveness to others
- Happier marriages and close relationships
So I don’t mind being called corny, since it makes me popular, friendly, good-looking and loyal. Right?
As to the credibility question, I guess I think you don’t have to be serious to be taken seriously. After more than 25 years as fitness writers, speakers, presenters, teachers, mentors and even award-winners, we hope people will see value in what we write. Even if that doesn’t happen, we still made you healthier if you laughed at stuff like this:
Getting on My Chobani Face
Yeah, I ‘m a Healthy Hottie! I ‘m going to live a long time. I’ve already achieved my dream: embarrassing the heck out of my teens just by existing (and talking about my 80s and 90s workout wear). And while I ‘m living longer, it will be with less stress, more relaxation, zapped up dopamine and endorphins, and less pain.
Alexandra Williams, MA has been teaching, mentoring, presenting, emceeing, writing and editing about fitness for over 25 years. Certified by the American Council on Exercise since 1986, she is currently on staff in the exercise studies department at UCSB, and is also a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Health and Fitness Association. She co-writes Fun And Fit, a healthy living blog for Boom Chicka Boomers, with her identical twin sister, Kymberly.