One life lesson can be taken to a different level when it comes to health and fitness: If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know how to get there.
I’ve admired different healthy bodies throughout my life, and we’ve all certainly had the idea of the “perfect body” shoved down our throats. I’ll never be on the cover of a magazine, and I’m fine with that because I don’t have the lifestyle that supports the work necessary to maintain that body. However, I still have goals.
So let’s discuss this “perfect body” idea. Some of you may be perfectly happy with the body you have and don’t want to change a thing. Great! Others of us are on a journey (even if it is only starting out as a mental journey for now), and have an image of what we want to look like at the end. When I think of the perfect body, I don’t necessarily think of the models on the cover of a fashion magazine. I think of the body that would best suit me and my needs. Having a supermodel’s body not only would cost me a mint in plastic surgery bills, but also wouldn’t matter much to me in my life.
An athletic body, now that’s a different story. Not sure what you’re looking for? Start with the sport. Do you want a female bodybuilder’s body? The sleekness of a swimmer’s body? The quads of a gymnast? The calves of a dancer? Once you find a general look, then look for people within that sport who have worked hard for their great bodies.
Understand first that there is a genetic component and only some goals are possible with sheer determination and work. After two kids, some parts may need a lift or tuck if I am bound and determined to change. And some parts, while decidedly far from perfect, don’t bother me a bit.
Let’s go back to that body, for those who need to ‘see’ the goal. The perfect body for you. Bear in mind, I’m not suggesting trying to be someone you’re not. I’m saying put a picture with a goal. We visualize their perfect job. We create plans to build a financial portfolio. We research what we ‘want’ in so many areas, so why not our body?
I had a conversation with a couple of friends of mine recently about how we have the same “girl crushes” on a couple of public figures in the fitness industry. These aren’t sexual crushes, these are more like the crushes that little girls have on the bigger girls on the playground. The “when I grow up I want to be just like so-and-so.” I love their attitude. I love their abilities. I emulate what they do. And by the way, one of the gals has an amazing muscle structure that looks absolutely feminine … and I want a body like that. I’ve got a friend who also has put a lot of work into her strong and amazing body, and I’ve told her on many occasions that I want her shoulders.
Once you figure out what you’re working for, it’s easier to create a plan to get there. If you’re going for the bulky look, you train for the bulky look. If you’re going for the strong and subtle look, train for that. (Just don’t tell me you’re going for the look that involves slamming banana splits every night.) Whatever your goals, it helps to find a picture or image of what you’re working for … it may help you stay the course.
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[author_info]About the Author
Lori Rypka is the Prime Parents Club Fitness Contributor, a mom of two wonderful kids first, a writer, wife, friend, personal trainer and marathon runner in training second. She enjoys helping others in their personal journeys toward living healthier lives. The biggest tool in her tool box: humor. Who says dieting can’t be fun? You can find Lori at http://www.fumbledintofitness.com/, or on Twitter as @LoriRypka.