Fit and Healthy Are Not The Same
In the pursuit of happiness, many people hold the opinion that an improved body image would make them happier. With this for motivation, people hit the gym, start dieting, and look to make other lifestyle changes that will help them achieve the ideal body they desire.
While this is usually just fine, it’s worth noting that healthy and “fit” are not always the same thing, and focusing too much on a desired body image (instead just focusing on having a healthy body) can be quite damaging.
We all have different body types – different shapes, sizes, needs, deficiencies, etc. – and that means that while there might be an “ideal” version of your unique body, setting your sights on certain appearance may actually be counterproductive to your health and happiness.
To maximize looking and feeling good, it’s important to make it about YOU and your individual needs. Choose the diet that is right for you and your own chemistry, choose a workout regimen that fits with your life, and make sure your point of comparison is yourself!
Look for improvements in your own progress instead of comparing yourself to someone who isn’t you!
Making your efforts to slim down or get in shape about the desirable image of someone else’s body is not only unrealistic, it can also lead to unhealthy diets, overexertion, and in the long-term, disappointment when this ideal is unreachable – no matter how much progress you make.
If you want to be happy about your body, focus on your health first, and the “fit” version of your body will emerge. Some people are thin but terribly unhealthy, others are less thin, but in excellent health and the best shape of their lives. No two bodies will be exactly the same, so worry about your own.
If you want to be more muscular, thinner, etc., work toward that goal, but not with the image of a particular athlete, model, or celebrity in mind. Create the body you want out of the body you have, and do so with your health at the top of the priority list.
You may think that it’s about looks, but feeling good because of your healthy body will bring so much more happiness than an appearance.
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