As a good start to a healthy lifestyle, we are told to exercise. Women after a certain age are told to exercise one hour a day just to maintain their current weight. Which I find outrageous, I’m not a size two, but I do find my curves very appeal­ing.

In today’s society, I feel that there is such pressure for people, not just women, to lose the weight and look great.

Watching actress after actress have two to three kids and have a waistline smaller than their high school year book’s picture, I don’t think I’m out of line when I say I feel intimidated, even pressured that after having my one son, I need to have my weight back down to 145.

And aside from the health concern, it seems almost a fad. It’s cool to be in shape, spend ridiculous amounts on gym memberships, and everybody and their mother has a personal trainer.

I feel that diets are hitting their peak of popularity this year in 2011. I can’t walk in a check aisle scope the chocolate bars without 10 magazines above it mak­ing me feel guilty.

Body image is important, don’t get me wrong. Eating well is even more im­portant and a huge factor between you and the possible 20 years of life you could be losing by become diabetic or having cardiovascular disease.

Eating like an actress won’t make you look like one and tanning till your body is unnaturally orange isn’t fooling anybody.

Take the normal precaution, and be healthy, but suit it to your own body, likes, and dislikes. Confidence is key so if run­ning makes you happy, then go for it. But if you feel you’re in constant competition with anyone then stop. Get your blood pressure down and stop.  

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  1. In my experience with the health industry it boils down to this: Gyms, fad diets, exercise books, etc… are not only geared towards health, it’s more about the money. All these ideas people are putting into play are based around the idea of turning fat into cash, while not necessarily regarding the repercussions that could come along with them. Don’t twist my words, working towards a health goal is great, but you don’t need to break the bank in order to do it.

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