Yesterday, I attended the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. For those of you that don’t know what it is, it’s essentially a giant fitness/sports expo, with all sorts of activities and events including: supplement/nutrition booths, cheerleading competitions, Crossfit demos, fencing, table tennis, boxing, karate, and so on. It’s an event that attracts hundreds of thousands of people each year. And if you love fitness or sports, it’s the place to be!
Upon arriving, and soon after seeing Arnold himself, it’s very evident this industry thrives on attractive bodies. It’s the epitome of “sex sells.” Each and every supplement/nutrition company had one or if not many near perfect models/spokesperson for their products. Even though we may be apt to turn to these models for motivation, we must also stay realistic at our results. Some of us may not have the potential to even look like these people, but we still need to exercise and eat healthy, even if our end results may not be magazine cover worthy. And also, we can still emulate their exercise and eating habits. Once again, we must not associate the product with their results.
The near perfect bodies they possess doesn’t just happen over night. It has taken years, upon years of good nutrition and high activity levels, plus very good genes to physically accomplish what they have. So don’t buy into a certain protein or vitamin simply because the model that’s similar in height and weight to you looks amazing. It’s called a supplement for a reason. Supplements work of course, but you’re only going to get the best results as a supplement or “something added” or “in addition to” a healthy diet and physical activity.
All the while our country is becoming bigger and bigger, susceptible to more and more diseases, use these fitness models for motivation. It doesn’t mean you have to believe everything they say or physically expect what they have. Set specific goals, keep track of what you eat, move more than what you eat, and always, always, always, be patient! Remember…But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.-Isaiah 40:31