Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Being fit or looking fit?

Small rant here.

I just received an email for the Discovery Health National Body Challenge with the subject header, "Will This Spring Find You "Fit To Be Eyed"? There's Still Time!" filled with urgent statements like, "The time to get fit is now!"

1) Is there a rush? A deadline? Doesn't this simply encourage people to crash diet, over-exercise, and make short-term changes that they'll never be able to live with?

2) Is this all about what someone looks like? Or is it about health? There's a big difference.

Still, everyone has to start somewhere. But fix-it-quick strategies are not generally conducive to long-term healthy lifestyle changes.

9 comments:

Fe-lady said...

Fit to be EYED???
Wrong message!
The top women and buffalo women and masters buffalo women at the race on Saturday were not concerned about their looks as they ran the mountains of Catalins Islands. They were happy, balanced and extremely fit ladies having the times of their lives!
(I will have more to say about the "buffalo" contestants in my post....there were many...over 140 lbs and flying strong up the 10% grade! Amazing! Give me strong and muscular any day over skinny and wimpy!)

Fe-lady said...

CatalinA...I must edit my stuff!

Nancy Toby said...

Oooh, ooooh, I want to be a buffalo woman!!!! That's one I've always wanted to do...

But I think I'm going to tackle Big Sur next year ('08) instead, that will be hilly enough for this flatlander!!

Iron Pol said...

How do you get all these insane things in your Inbox? Is there somebody out there with your e-mail address going, "Ooooh, this is SURE to light Nancy up!"

I agree, Nancy. It's amazing how out of balance we've become. It took me about 12 years to go from rail thin (after boot camp) to overweight. A slow burn of the metabolism combined with a growing appetite at dinner. Most are the same way.

Then, they expect to lose the weight in 4-6 weeks (results not typical). It took me about four years of training and racing to drop the extra weight. And I did it for me, nobody else. Too bad the message we all preach can't be more widely accepted.

Sara said...

I would love a fix it quick solution right now.

Nancy Toby said...

Quick fixes are the basis for the rise in bariatric surgery (and the like) - how about a 1 in 20 chance of dying from an elective surgical procedure? No thanks!

http://junkfoodscience.blogspot.com/2007/02/rumor-versus-facts.html

GeekGirl said...

Ah, but people want it, though. When people who haven't seen me for a while say, "you look great! what are you doing?" and I say, "Running, swimming, and biking" you can almost CUT the disappointment with a knife. A cake knife. They don't want to hear that I've worked really hard. It bums them out.

Nancy Toby said...

I believe that!!! What they don't get is that it can be fun, if you make it fun! Reminds me of another post I meant to write - "stuff I used to 'hate' that I don't any more".

jbmmommy said...

Maybe they're hoping they can suck people in for the wrong reasons, but make them come to appreciate the right reasons. Probably not, they just want the money.