I’ve been meaning to talk about this for a while now. There are two words I keep coming back to in my mind.
Some people wish that these two words didn’t fall into the same category. I’m here to remind you, that for some people, they do. And it’s okay. I might be in the minority when I say this, but it’s okay to work out to look good.
You aren’t self-centered. You aren’t less of an athlete. You aren’t superficial.
You are human.
I know that the most important aspect of being fit should be to live healthy, happy, longer lives. I will willingly admit, though, that I still care about how I look. I care about fitting into my jeans. I care about wearing a bikini at the beach.
I care about these things, but I don’t live for these things. I think it’s important to make that distinction.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say, is that I feel that sometimes in this community people shy away from mentioning certain things. You don’t always have to be PC, folks. If you completed a workout because you didn’t like the way your arms looked in a photo or thought a pair of shorts was getting a bit too snug, it’s okay. You can work out for looks. I’m tired of the stigma that can come along with admitting that. I’ve seen bloggers say things and then get totally torn apart in the comments. “You should be happy you’re healthy! Quit being vain.” “You need to eat… not work out!” “There are bigger problems in the world!”
I’m only mentioning all of this, because how and why you work out is a personal choice. Obviously, if you are doing unhealthy things like refusing to eat, obsessively working out to the point of sickness, or resorting to any other extremes, then you need help. That’s not the people I’m talking about right now, though.
I’m speaking up for the girl that wants to totally rock it at the beach this summer, the guy who wants his shirt to fit a little tighter around those guns (seriously, great imagery right now :)), etc. IT’S OKAY TO WANT TO LOOK GOOD. I won’t judge you. No one else should, either. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel confident. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel sexy. Own it.
Another thing to mention: what “looking good” is for you might mean something totally different than it does to someone else. Some people might want to get ripped, while other people just want to slim up a bit. Does it matter what you choose? Hell no. Just because Sally (or Steve) down the street is more muscular/slimmer/insert any random adjective than you doesn’t mean that’s what YOU need to be to LOOK GOOD. PS: I think you are all sexified.
Why do you work out? For me: 70 percent because I love it, how it makes me feel, and how strong I become. The other 30: I want to rock a LBD like nobody’s business.