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Real life fitness

Henry Kliebenstein
For the Health of It

Have you ever noticed, and if you live on planet Earth I’m sure you have, that any ads for health and fitness ” whether it is on T.V., magazine, billboards, etc. ” show these incredibly beautiful people with amazing physiques?

Mr. and Mrs. All-American; perfectly sculpted muscles on a body with maybe 6 percent body fat. No matter what they’re wearing, they look great (and it’s usually something that barely passes for a G rating).

My question to you is, “Do you see these people at the grocery store, or the movies, or in line at the DMV?”

Probably not, and why do you think that is? Well my answer is that they don’t really exist. Although I have no experience in the modeling world, it seems to me that companies go through hundreds, maybe even thousands of people before they find the perfect choice for an ad.

The reason I have decided to write about this is to let you all know that this is not how we have to look. Frankly, I am insulted that advertisers do this to us with most products, not just fitness ads. What they seem to be telling us is that in order to be accepted in their world you must be perfect. Or maybe if you use their products you will become one of “the beautiful people.”

Yes, it is absolutely important to be as healthy as you can, and yes, it is important to exercise (if not I would be out of a job) and to eat sensibly. Of course it is unhealthy to carry around an extra 50 pounds, maybe even life-threatening in certain situations. But if you work out and you have an extra few pounds in the love-handle area, it’s not the end of the world.

Could you imagine how boring it would be if everyone looked like the people in the magazines?

One of the most important things you can do for your body is cardiovascular exercise. This is to insure a healthy heart (the body’s engine), and lungs (the distribution system) as well as to keep the body fat percentage low.

A healthy set of lungs feeds the body its oxygen. If your lungs can’t process enough air, they can’t extract enough oxygen to produce enough energy for the body.

If your heart, which is a muscle, can’t pump the oxygen-filled blood through the body and the carbon dioxide laden blood back to the lungs to be exchanged for more oxygen, well, let’s just say it’s going to be a short life.

Lifting weights helps strengthen your muscles and also your bones. A balanced eating program helps pull all the hard work of exercising together that will give us freedom from injury and disease as the years roll by. And believe me they do roll by.

The bottom line, after all the rhetoric, is to be happy with who you are.

Take a look at yourself in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Do you feel good after running up a set of stairs or are you doubled over sucking for air like a fish flopping around the banks of the lake? Can you go outside and play with the kids after work or are you stuck to the couch exhausted after eight hours at work?

Try turning off the television and going for a walk with the entire family after dinner, and share important things about your day. This is a great way to get the kids off the couch and to help them build a strong foundation for an active lifestyle, as well as creating some family time together. Before you know it they will be grown and gone, so enjoy them while you can.

If I can help answer questions or if you have a topic you would like to see covered, please give me a call. Stay hydrated.