YOU SHOULDN’T BE!! These are simply pictures without a story behind them. All they prove is I’ve successfully developed muscles. They don’t measure my HEALTH, they don’t measure my HAPPINESS, they don’t measure my commitment to ANYTHING other than muscle development.
Aesthetics is a common GOAL of exercise. Clothes don’t fit…, mirrors become the enemy…, spouses, friends and family members begin gossiping about the ongoing weight gain they see in you.
This is the reason people begin to exercise. They’re not motivated by their high blood pressure, high cholesterol, borderline diabetes and fatty livers. They’re not motivated by their inability to perform basic tasks like walking upstairs or standing from a kneeling position. They falsely believe they’re motivated by desired aesthetic improvements.
THIS IS A HUGE MISTAKE!
Aesthetics produce SHORT TERM results (if results are achieved at all.) Just like dieting, exercise becomes an act of futility.
AESTHETICS (for most people) is NOT ENOUGH to sustain healthy living. The willingness to follow a healthy lifestyle requires an EMOTIONAL and PHYSICAL commitment to oneself. If MOTIVATION is lacking, boredom, stress, complacency, or procrastination interferes with achieving long term results.
A (LONG TERM) improved aesthetic appearance requires a NEED for it! It is not enough to WANT it! When a lifestyle REQUIRES better muscle tone, better cardiovascular health, improved stress levels, improved stamina, etc…, the
becomes improved aesthetics. This is very different than making aesthetics the GOAL.
Over the last 58 years I have had to modify my lifestyle to adapt to the physical aging process. Those willing to modify lifestyles within reasonable boundaries are more likely to continue to enjoy quality living. Those striving to remain 20 years old forever, are more likely to create greater personal harm and speed up the aging process. This philosophy has provided me the opportunity to experience an ACTIVE enjoyable lifestyle which has been responsible for maintaining my “aesthetic” appearance over time.
More importantly, my lifestyle has provided me the GIFT of HEALTH. Living a life WITHOUT pharmaceutical dependence, without physical limitations from daily and recreational activity and without chronic diseases has given me a chance to live life under my terms.
The “muscles” are simply a byproduct of the lifestyle I’ve lived. They have NEVER been the source of my happiness or success in life.
I started this article by asking if you were IMPRESSED? A picture is such a small piece of the puzzle, it shouldn’t be enough to base your answer. If you are now impressed, however, I hope it’s based on greater clarity, better self awareness and a personal commitment to achieving better health YOURSELF! The aesthetic part is easy; live a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE and enjoy the aesthetic results.
NOW IT’S UP TO YOU!