Looking back on the year that is about to pass, a Gym fanatic wonders about the effects of the exercise program or programs that he has been on.
One wonders what the effects have been from a physiological, endocrine and metabolic perspective because when it comes to exercising, people prefer to see the extrinsic changes only. There is no interest in the changes that are intrinsic i.e. those things that are actually responsible for the way you view yourself so many times in the mirror.
How does my hamstring look in these heels, are my biceps too small, man I need to work on my calves? The world is too visually stimulated already. I know that the strongest survive, but this paradigm is putting pressure on our humanity. It’s all about competition, “we are the best”. This type of mind set is a metaphor for bigger things, the reason we have so much selfish acts and other problems. I mean it’s bigger than “my bicep is bigger than yours or my legs look way firmer than yours”.
It is with this that I edge exercise writers, from nutritionist to personal trainers, to adopt a different approach to their writing. They are all writing the same thing which is based on who this form of exercise will make “look” a certain way. I’m sure they studied some form of physiology so they now need to educate the reader about what happens in the inside bottom line. This can go a long way in changing our over emphasises on cosmetic. This mainly applies to mainstream publications which are the key propagandists who push image. Most important people should excuse the pun; take an introspection of the cause and effect of cosmetic obsession. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying do not look good ladies but rather fall in with the exercise lifestyle for the right motive which should be the health benefits. And the results will come from the inside, out.