I’m all about the functional fitness of our bodies, not just how they look – after all, functionality is the key to a better quality of life.
Most people exercise and eat well to get what they perceive as a better looking body – it’s usually about wanting specific bits to be bigger and others to be smaller, or a bit more muscle here and a little less fat there. And who am I to disagree with that as a motivation if we’re getting fitter and healthier as a result. But, as with most things in life, appearance isn’t everything. Also, if appearance is the sole reason for changing diet and committing to exercise then disappointment can result when what it’s possible to achieve is limited by our genetic makeup.
It’s an important part of self-esteem for us to look in the mirror and like what we see, imperfections and all. Any form of self-loathing because we don’t conform to a perceived ‘perfect’ stereotype is abhorrent to me. But how our bodies work is of equal importance. Are you strong enough, fit enough and do you have enough energy to do everything you need/want to do every day? – using those points as parameters, are you close to having the best body for your life?
Or perhaps you feel limited and constrained in what you can do because you’re not physically strong enough. For me, particularly as we age, functional fitness is more important than appearance alone, and taking the time to eat well and exercise is a sound investment for a full and unrestricted physical future. But the good news is that by working out in a way that makes your body functionally strong and flexible, everyday activities will be easier, and the bonus is that your shape will also change………..it’s a win-win in every sense