So you want to look incredible huh?
You want to be toned and fit looking. Maybe a golden tan and be able to wear whatever you want whenever you want?
Ever heard of vanity sizing?
This phenomenon has been broadly documented in regards to ready-to-where clothing, particularly for women.
Thought you were a size 4 or 6 or 10?
Too bad, now you’re a 22. Guess you’re too fat for that store.
You’re not going insane.
Yes, the mirrors in the change room are distorted.
Yes, the lighting in the store is overly bright so you feel shit about how you look.
Yes, the sizes are different in every single store and no matter how much weight you lose, creams you apply or diets you go on, you will never look like the photoshopped image on the ad.
Doesn’t take much thought to figure out where the increase in childhood eating disorders is stemming from.
Sourced from CNN
But we still want it!
Even now I think about why I can’t look like I think I’m supposed to.
Why am I so fat, un-toned, unhealthy looking, pale?!
It’s because the shitter you feel, the more you’ll buy.
Conspiracy of fashion.
There are a few methods the beauty and fashion industry employ to make you feel like shit to make you buy more.
The first one that comes to people’s minds is photoshopping.
Yes every brand uses it and the brands that say they don’t are also not rectifying the perfect lighting, background, makeup, clothing, model etc.
Just because there’s no apparent photoshopping doesn’t mean the picture is natural.
You all know how easy it is to filter your Instagram pics.
Secondly we need to consider fast fashion.
In the 90’s Zara opened in New York with the idea that clothing would take less than 15 days to go from design to showroom floor.
It’s mostly shit quality so even if you aren’t buying the $120 t-shirt, you’ll spend that by the end of the year buying pieces that won’t last.
Before this we bought clothes seldomly, maybe for special occasions or because there was one style we liked and it became a piece.
These days you buy clothes at least every fortnight and if you don’t you’ll miss out on the piece you wanted.
In marketing this is called the last chance effect. We buy things we think we might never have the chance to again.
Keeping up with the jones’ is another tactic. Making sure everyone around you is being fashionable every 15 minutes means you have to keep up. It’s out of your control.
In the meantime all your clothes that you donate, go mouldy and rip apart, thrown into landfill where they form a compost heap, emitting carbon emissions and fucking up our planet.
It also means that every item bought is going to be replaced with another. More water for cotton growth, more plastic production for synthetic materials and labelling and packaging, more run off of chemicals, more sweatshops and child labour, more unethical practices.
It’s our fault this happens.
Vitamins and supplements.
While the production and sale of vitamins and supplements in Australia is regulated by the Therapeutic Goods Administration under our department of health, the companies making them are not going to go out of their way to make sure your health comes before profit.
In any chemist or pharmacy and even health food stores you can find all sorts of pills and powders that claim to heal your every ailment.
We’ve done all this before.
If the supplements you take truly do assist your health, wouldn’t we be healthy now?
Wouldn’t it be the thing the doctor (you know, the guy who studied for over a decade to provide you with the most informed and experienced advice for your health) would prescribe you?
If you do the research you will find an alarming amount of products that have been pulled from shelves because of the harm they cause and companies that have class action suits for the mass effect of their drugs.
If you can’t be bothered, watch Vitamania to get some basic facts. And then fact-check it.
Your body is capable of protecting itself but if something isn’t right, you see a medical professional, you source your supplemented vitamins and needs from actual natural sources, like the sun, salt water etc.
Please don’t fill your bodies with chemicals you don’t need.
The real workout you need to get into shape and look perfect.
So here’s the goods.
You have so many ways of getting fit.
Once you are fit, you will look and feel better.
Once this happens you’ll realise you are fucking perfect!
Your body is your body. You aren’t made to look like anyone else or we wouldn’t procreate.
There is, however, the best version of you.
Not everyone is going to like it or think it’s perfect. But it doesn’t actually matter because there are twice as many who do think it’s perfect.
To gain this perfect body you need to work on more than your physicals, you need to be wholly worked on.
Make sure that as you train you to keep your mental health at the forefront of every workout.
Play music you are inspired by, workout with encouraging people who compete in a healthy manner. Workout in ways that you are comfortable, whether that’s at the gym, going for a bike ride, a sweaty bedroom workout or whatever.
The four main physical things to work on are as follows according to science and medicine.
This is anything that requires endurance.
The point of this is to raise the heart rate and training the body to cope with everyday activities.
The body needs to be kept in check.
We have gone from nomadic and agricultural cultures who ate and lived sustainably to working 30 hours + a week, mostly sitting or standing in one spot or manual labour.
These activities are not natural for the human body.
They just aren’t.
So cardio will keep you’re endurance high.
Try new things; yoga, walking, swimming, tennis, football, softball, jump rope, rowing, stairs, dancing, aerobics, bike riding and the list can go forever. Even playing with the dog or cat counts as cardio.
Still counts as exercise.
This is the reason two people of the same sex and weight are different is because of body composition.
This is the measure of bone, tissue, water and fat percentage in the body.
Every person is different because we are made differently. It’s as simple as that.
Typical exercise to improve body composition would be burpees, interval training, squats, lunges etc.
This is the way you increase overall strength.
That doesn’t mean you’ll bulk up, that’s a weights routine.
Once your body is balanced in its composition your overall strength increases.
Yep, still exercise.
Building muscular strength isn’t just lifting weights.
Yeah, you can lift weights but you can mix it up with other high energy consuming and strengthening activities.
Examples can be dancing like salsa or ballet that require good muscular strength, hiking, intense gardening, cycling and even yoga cos that shit is hard.
In training the muscles you will be tearing muscle fibres as they contract and release.
To form real muscular strength you must give your muscles rest!
If you don’t rest the muscles after tearing them in training you will have an injury and the work you do is redundant.
Always listen to your body. This is so important. Once you mess you back up you may never recover. Ligament repair surgery is expensive and takes ages to heal.
Only push your limits not the limits of others.
Lastly, muscular endurance.
You want your muscles to be strong all the time. Not just because you’ve done some training.
Once you have the endurance your ligaments, joints, bones and other necessary tissues will allow you to achieve anything.
The improvement of mental health due to fitness is also a major plus.
With muscular endurance training, you want to focus on strengthening exercise like core strength. Planks, lunges and squats are a great starting point.
Yoga and Pilates work wonders for giving your muscles practice with endurance and stretches the muscles too.
Long walks and hiking are good as are surfing, skating, golfing, martial arts, rock climbing and basketball.
All these activities are capable of training your body to hold its strength for extended periods of time.
All in all, you must take care of your health. Always discuss your exercise plans and diet with your doctor, that’s why they are there.
Once you reach a certain age, if you have been fortunate enough to reach it, you will become incapacitated.
Either your family or medical staff will be feeding you, walking you, cleaning you up after the bathroom and showering you.
If you maintain your fitness through working your cardio, muscular strength, muscular endurance and body composition as well as focusing on mental health, you will be guaranteed to postpone your decline.
While it has a lot to do with genetics, lifestyle can make the ultimate difference.
Poisoning your body with alternative treatments like supplements and vitamins will deteriorate your body’s ability to function in the long term with almost no short term benefits.
Lastly, remember you are not what you buy or what you wear.
You are created to live your experiences for the time you are on earth and in 10 years you won’t remember what outfit you wanted to fit into.
Don’t let the ads tell you how to be perfect.
You tell you how to be perfect, and the first way is to be healthy in all aspects.
Guaranteed the toned, sexy summer fit body comes along with it without you even trying!
Last but not least, you must have fun. Be silly with it. Rest. Eat sustainable junk food. Be grateful that you have a body that works for you because you never know when you won’t
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