One of my most favorite “songs” in the world is Everybody’s Free (to wear sunscreen). I remember the first time I heard it and was literally awe struck by the advice in there. If you have never heard it, or even if you have, take a looksie below:

There are quite a few lines in there that really strike a cord with me. But there is one in particular that I want discuss for a few minutes.

“Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.”

We live in a world that is so confused on what people are “suppose” to look like. There are TV shows and magazines with size 0 models in them. At the other end of the spectrum you have TV shows and models promoting a “plus size” lifestyle. People know they shouldn’t be fat, but being a size 0 isn’t realistic. So what does the media do? They promote that it is social acceptable to live a lifestyle that is “plus size” and be comfortable in your skin. Think about this message we are portraying for second. In order to be like a TV star, you either need to be skinny or fat. When was the last time you saw a TV show that feature a female start that was 5’6″ tall and weight 160 lbs? The last show I saw someone like that had the word “ugly” in the title (horrible!).

And this isn’t just for women. Guys live behind the same fantasy all the time. Just once, I want to see a sneak peak to a new season of the Bachelor and see a guy who is 5’9″ 180 lbs. No six back. No rippling muscles. Just a great personality.

This is a big issue in the world as people see all these “model” humans on TV and think if they are going to be anything in their life, that is what they need to be like. They need to be skinny. But being “skinny” is very hard to do. So what do most humans do when they are faced with something hard?

NOTHING.

That is right. Most people when something is hard don’t do anything. It is simply easier to do nothing than to do something. Now do you see where the issue is? Media is promoting this lifestyle that no one will ever get because it is too hard.

Now – I know this post may have seem like a bit of a rant about media, and it was, for the most part. But I swear there is a method to my madness. Let’s go back to the main idea of the post:

“Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.”

Our society promotes being ripped and skinny. And to that statement I ask you this: Would you rather be skinny or healthy? I know that may seem like a rhetorical question, but it is the truth. People don’t take action on their health because they think they have to be skinny, or be rippling with muscles in order to be healthy. And although those two body types probably are healthy, you can be healthy being you. But you need to take action. Did you know that you can INSTANTLY see results of exercise? The acute responses to exercise are amazing! Better blood flow, better blood delivery, better oxygen deliver, better waste removal, lowers resting blood pressure, raises HDL (good cholesterol), lowers triglycerides, and on top of that – you get a release of hormones that give you a increase feeling of well being and self concept and a LOWER perception of anxiety and depression! Long term effects of consistent physical activity are even greater, including greatly reducing the possibility of cardiovascular disease (you live longer).

And you don’t want to do anything because it is too hard to be skinny? Don’t worry about being skinny, worry about being healthy. Skinny is fake. Health will keep you alive.

Throw all those magazines in the trash (where they belong). Stop comparing yourself to the “skinny” people of the world. Stop focusing on being “skinny” and start creating a healthy lifestyle.