I would like to introduce the FIT Is The New Sexy Movement. We are black men and women who have drawn a line in the sand and have chosen to reclaim our health, co-create generational wealth and become a beacon of Physical and Financial fitness in the black community.

Our vision is to free families to live an extraordinary life of physical and financial fitness.

Physical Fitness focuses on health from the inside out. True fitness is not a result of a fad diet. It results from a daily journey of healthy eating and exercise as well as spiritual and emotional development.

Financial fitness is more than hustling to break even at the end of the month. It’s learning how to attract wealth and make money work FOR us, instead of us working to chase money. Our focus is on community cooperation, reinvestment, and having our dollar go to work within our families and communities to create generational wealth.

Sexy is an energy that comes from the inside out. True sexiness cannot be put on like a tight dress, or a pair of pants. It cannot be found in the perfect weave, manicure or hair cut.

So why is FIT the New Sexy? Because when you feel healthy and energetic, you reclaim an internal power and confidence. Sexy is the energy we each put into the world when we are confident in our ability to produce results and secure our own financial foundation.

Let’s Talk Physical Fitness

At this point it’s common knowledge that blacks are predisposed to illnesses such and heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Heart disease accounts for 24% of all African- American deaths. Over half of the community is overweight or obese. And, 4.9 million African-Americans age 20 or older have diabetes—that’s 18.7% of the population!

Too many of us have resigned ourselves to succumb to one, or many, of these diseases as we age. In our complicity, we claim these stats as part of our history, part of who we are as a people.

But why? When did this become our reality? My history reminds me that I am a descendant of warriors, strong healthy, athletic people. A people who lived long, overcame adversity and looked to nature to heal and strengthen us.

Is it that we are predisposed to disease, or has our environment created this crisis? Look out your window, how many fast food restaurants do you see? We are constantly bombarded with opportunities to eat high-calorie, low-nutrition food and commercials that convince us that we have arrived when we are able to afford fast, easy and convenient.

It is time for each of us to stop digging our grave with a knife and fork and begins to take responsibility for our food choices. It is time for each of us to reclaim our health and reclaim our history. On that historic day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, she could not have imagined what was about to ensue. The actions of a woman, who was tired and simply had enough, began a series of events that would change the face of a nation. Angered by how Rosa Parks was treated, Dr. Martin Luther King ignited a movement that would change the face of a nation.

The FIT Is The New Sexy movement is for anyone who is tired of being a statistic and has a desire to claim his or her seat on the bus. It’s for anyone who has a desire to be an example for their children, family and friends. It’s for anyone who is ready to change the relationship blacks in America have with both health and money. ‘

By becoming an example of healthy living, and locking arms with two or more friends, we can create a conversation that will inspire a nation. We stand on the shoulders of giants, who have shown us that one small idea; fueled by courageous individuals can change a nation. I look to Marcus Garvey, and Malcolm X, as great role models for change. Most recently, President Barack Obama reminded us that anyone with a vision fuel with focus action could change the tide of a nation.

Let’s Talk Wealth

How is it that a community with a buying power of 1 trillion dollars is comprised of so many families living from paycheck to paycheck, carrying credit card debt or even financially upside down?

Stacey M Brown of the Washington Informer puts it like this, “If Black America counted as an independent country, it’s wealth would rank 11th in the world. However African American’s continue to squander their vast buying power, relegating blacks to economic slavery instead of financial freedom.”

Blacks carry sizable consumer debt, spending their money on items necessary to maintain appearances and keep up with the “Jones’s.” A shocking 79% of middle class black households carry credit card debt.

Imagine that we spend $600 million at McDonalds and other fast food restaurants yet we only invest $321 million on books. Sit with the fact that we spend 9 Billion on hair car products that are owned by other ethnic groups and 60% of us have less that $50,000 saved for retirement. While we spend $507 billion per year, the black dollar circulated in our community an average of 6 hours, with only 2 cents of every dollar going to black owned businesses.

Locking arms, leveraging our skills and pooling our resources were essential to claiming our freedom and building our community. So why aren’t we working together now?

Remember Madam CJ Walker; unable to get financing for her hair care product, she mobilize her community and used word of mouth marketing to bring her product to the market place. Her ingenuity created income for many and made her the first black female millionaire. Let us look to Tulsa, Oklahoma where once again black were unable to secure loans and mortgages. By locking arms, blacks were able to leverage their combined incomes and establish the needed buying power. As wealth was created they kept the money circulating in the community creating thousands of independently wealthy businessmen and women.

So, What’s the Solution?

How do we become physically fit and co-create generational wealth?

We create a team. We create a network. A team of leaders. The Fit Is The New Sexy movement is for anyone who is ready to stop funding other people’s dreams and begin to reclaim health and co-create wealth. Together we can build a network of individuals who are committed to creating opportunities to build community health and wealth based on six simple principles:

  1. Fill your cup up first. Invest in your health for a minimum of 12 months.
  2. Reinvest in the health and wealth of our community by each committing to pass on this knowledge and touch the lives of at least 2 community members.
  3. Stop chasing money and learn the power that is available when we leverage our time, productivity, and collective buying power.
  4. Reduce our consumer debt, and begin the process of creating generational wealth by paying ourselves first.
  5. Buy from local, community-owned businesses when possible therefore building community wealth. The amount of money we each make isn’t important. What matters is how much money we keep, invest and leverage within our community.
  6. Make your best better. Commit to continued growth and life long learning in the area of spiritual, emotional, physical and financial health.

It’s not about the money. It’s about what we can achieve with it. Draw a line in the sand and take your stand today. Fit is the New Sexy and it starts with YOU.

We invite you to lock arms with us. Commit to your Health. Commit to your opportunity to create generational Wealth.   Join the F!T Is The New $eXy Movement today.

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http://www.demos.org/sites/default/files/publications/FACTSHEET_TheColorofDebt_Demos.pdf

http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/high-risk-populations/treatment-african-americans.html

 

About the Author

Suzan Hart is an inspirational speaker, master trainer and author.  Knowing that your inner game creates your outer game Suzan’s mindset mastery, teaches hard working, results driven black men and women, to be un-apologetically recognized for their value, financially rewarded for their brilliance, and celebrated for the fullest expression of themselves.  Suzan Hart went from physically exhausted and financially upside down to becoming a Black Woman Millionaire. Suzan Hart is president of HartZone Inc and the founder of the F!T is the New $eXy movement.