I was at my local grocery store earlier this week, restocking the fridge after the holiday weekend. I spent the majority of my time finding fresh produce in the fruits and vegetables department. You are, they say, what you eat. After a wander though the store, I finally found myself at the check out counter. As I waited my turn in line, I was saddened by what I saw. We all see them, the magazine covers of women in short shorts and sports bra, advertising a new diet or new workout. So why do we as a society continue to search for this unrealistic body image? Is it actually healthy or is it just preying on our insecurities and selling us new ways to “fix” ourselves.
As a fitness instructor my main goal is to make sure you are healthy. Period, plain and simple. I don’t care if you have a perfect 6 pack or what size jean you wear. I want you to be strong, pain free, have flexibility, and endurance. Strong core? Yes, but only because it helps keep your back pain free and helps you make all of your daily physical needs attainable.
I try and eat a healthy diet of whole grains, vegetables, fruits and seafood and meats. I workout four to five times a week, on a good week, less sometimes, doing a variety of activities. Pilates, aerobics, tennis. running and hiking are my favorites. So this month, June and the start of swimsuit season I encourage you to take a holistic approach to your health and find the joy in being in control of your body and not at the mercy of some new diet or workout or magazine ad.