Ok…I really couldn’t come up with a sensible title for this post!
I have been thinking a lot about this for about the last 128 days…or possibly even more but mainly for the duration of this project. I decided to post something on it today because of something I spotted in the magazine section at the supermarket this lunchtime, which made me remember how annoyed I am with the mainstream media in general when it comes to fitness and health.
This is a photo of the magazine rack in the supermarket, it was the “women’s home interest” section for a start which makes no sense but that is not the main point! This was the section set aside for “fitness and health” magazines.
Closer inspection shows that nearly every one (I didn’t check the yoga ones to be honest) of these magazines has a cover headline along the lines of “winter slimdown” “burn 300 calories in 3 moves” “get more energy and lose 5 lbs this week” “flat tummy in 1 week” not to mention the WW magazine implying that the best way to be happy is to be slim. Every one of these magazine offers a quick fix or an easy option, no mention of the weeks/ months/ years possibly of hard work and re-education it will take to make a permanent change. Every one of these magazines focuses on the weight loss and the outward looks before the inner health and overall fitness. It seems to me that this is the backwards way of looking at things!
The thing that brought all the craziness home was the “cosmetic surgery guide” just sitting there happily amongst the health and fitness magazines! The ultimate in quick fix vanity over health
(yes I know there are people who have plastic surgery for medical reasons…they are not the ones I am talking about)
My point is, it is very hard to find really good advice on how to be healthy and get fit, without being bombarded by ways to lose weight at all costs! Yes, I am losing weight, actually more pleasingly I am losing size, and I am very pleased about this but I want to do it in a healthy way and above all, my goal it to become fit. And by fit I mean properly fit, enough to dance all day in hot conditions. The weight loss comes hand in hand with this but the fitness comes first.
It is worrying to me that there are so many media outlets (magazines, tv adverts etc) that sell quick fixes and sometimes downright dangerous advice to allow you to be thin, but not necessarily healthy, as is this is the only thing that people are bothered by. This is not even getting started on the misleading advice handed out by some “weight loss” companies who want to keep you coming back and don’t educate you on how to make good choices.
All I wanted was some sensible advice on actual fitness. I did find it in the end, but I had to abandon the hopes of mainstream magazines helping me out. I found a lot of excellent advice on many different blogs and websites and a lot of my own knowledge. In addition to that, the same supermarket puts the Runners World magazine in the Computing section…is there any wonder people are confused.
Sorry if that was a little bit of a rant, I am not trying to tell anyone what to do, I just wanted to express my annoyance.