Was flipping through a bunch of health and fitness magazines I subscribe to but hardly have time to read lately and noticed the headlines on Women’s Health from the December issue…
Burn more Fat! Boost your metabolism and drop a dress size – FAST!
Eat, Drink, and Still Shrink!
Flat abs now!
Now, I do realize – being in PR and all – that the headline is everything. It’s all about grabbing a reader’s attention right off the bat. Sure, those headlines are attention grabbers and all, but what kind of message is that sending to women, if not mixed messages?
Whatever happened to maintaining balance and making healthy living a lifestyle change vs. a quick fix? It seems everyone is looking for that “quick fix” moment. In the words of Van Wilder (my fave movie!), “where’s that ‘dare to be great’ moment” we’re all looking for in our quest for a healthy, but happy lifestyle? Why do some of my favorite magazines even stoop to the “quick fix” level versus offering sound advice for making all of these things – overall fitness, heart-health, strong bones, energy – part of our evolving, healthier lifestyle as women? So many magazines these days are stuck on not making sacrifices for health and fitness and instead offer fast fixes that sure, may help you drop a dress size, but how miserable will you be in the process and how realistic is it that you’ll be able to keep that weight off, post-crazy fad diet, anyway?
Well, you know what? I don’t think you need to sacrifice to find that balanced and healthy lifestyle. Call me crazy, but I think it can be done without being miserable. I can’t promise I have the secret to success, nor do I know what will work for everyone. But what I do know is what’s worked for me…
- Finding an exercise routine that works for me and my schedule so that I don’t feel like I’m missing out on life – for me, that means the dreaded early-AM workouts. Those workouts not only extend my day, giving me more “me” time, “family” time, “friend” time, etc. but it gives me an energy and confidence boost each and every morning…what’s not to love about that?
- Seeking a fitness buddy that keeps you accountable – um hello Jo? Hello Scott? Yup, you’re it. Thanks for keeping me centered and focused and committed and competitive. 🙂
- Focusing on the benefits of a solid exercise regime – and no, not just the flatt(er) abs or the (less) jiggly thighs but the energy, the confidence, the longevity benefits that an ongoing commitment to fitness gives you.
- Making fitness and balance a lifestyle change – and not a scary, unattainable, miserable lifestyle change. I still drink wine (and plenty of it), I still eat chocolate (oh, the horror!), and I definitely still eat pizza. But I’m ok with that. The majority of my food choices are equally yummy but healthier (oh I how I heart savory oats, overnight oats, greek yogurt, oh my!) so giving in, for me, is NOT a bad thing. I welcome it, I embrace it.
This, my friends, is the basis of this very blog – Eat! Drink! Breathe! Sweat!!!
Whew, sorry, I just had to get that out of my system tonight while it was fresh on my mind. For some reason, that Women’s Health cover struck a chord with me…as you were 😉