Well, with beach season coming up, its normal to look in the mirror around this time, and imagine how things are going to look in that bathing suit. It also gets easier during this time of year to start comparing oneself with others, and even comparing with people in the many advertisements which will be portraying extremely fit body images. Through advertising, the average person is made to believe that looking like a bathing-suit model is easily attainable, if you work out a little bit harder, or eat a little bit less of this, or a little bit more of that. While increasing exercise, and eating healthier can certainly turn people into better versions of themselves, in most cases comparing to the people you see in commercials is not worth your time, and here is why. The people in those ads dedicate their entire day, week, months, and year, to looking like that. They have often cut weight specifically for that commercial or ad, and do not normally look like that, because being that lean is unhealthy. The below article is a great breakdown of what it takes to look like those models, and makes you consider if its really worth worrying about that extra bit of fat you may think you have.
Here's the cost of getting lean. [Infographic]
Is it really worth the trade-off?
By John Berardi and Brian St. Pierre
Six-pack abs. Tight butts. Lean, vibrant, flawless health. That’s the image the fitness industry is selling. But have you ever wondered what it costs to achieve that “look”? What you have to do more of? And what you really have to give up?
Make no mistake, there are real trade-offs as you attempt to lose fat and improve your health. In this infographic, we outline them. So you can consider how to get the body you really want while living the life you really enjoy.
I hope this gives you guys something to think about, and an idea about what kind of lifestyle you need to live to attain, or maintain, the body you want to have. There is so much more to looking and feeling good than coming to the gym. Stress levels, hydration, nutrition, and sleep, all play a major role in looking and feeling our best.
- Coach Myles