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How many times have you said to yourself, if I had a team of people, I could look like … Jessica Biel, Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and other covetable Hollywood bodies?

Everyone strives to look better and feel better about themselves, not to say some of us aren’t totally happy with how we are, but we’re perhaps buying the latest in shape wear to maximize our best. In the age of social media and entertainment, physical societal “beauty” is around us at every turn.

Recently a new article in Mashable unveiled one of Hollywood’s most guarded magic tricks called “Beauty Work.” So, I’d like to propose a call-to-action, calling it #internalbeauty. Rather than being driven by our appearance on the outside, lets consider what’s happening on the inside and strive for improvement.

The prevalence of obesity in the United States is astounding. More than one third of U.S adults are obese. As many of us already know being overweight greatly increases the risk factor of developing:

  • Type 2 diabetes, which affects 1 in 8 Americans according to a Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll.
  • High blood pressure, which should normally be less than 120/80 mm Hg (less than 120 systolic AND less than 80 diastolic) for an adult age 20 or over. It’s easy enough to check now that local drugstores and some grocery stores e.g. Safeway have machines
  • Strokes, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists three main types, which are the number 4 killer of Americans. For more info, click here.
  • Heart disease, which is the number one killer of both men and women. To improve cardiovascular health, the American Heart Association suggest at least 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise or 75 minutes per week of vigorous exercise (or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity). Thirty minutes a day, five times a week is an easy goal to remember. You will also experience benefits even if you divide your time into two or three segments of 10 to 15 minutes per day.

When you are making the changes necessary to improve your fitness level, think about how good it makes you feel and how easily you can improve your quality of life. Why be driven by an illusion? Rather than trying to look like the stars, strive towards a healthy weight that works for your body type. Tools like Tracy Anderson’s Body-Type Quiz help determine body type and recommend a personalized weight-loss plan.

Think big picture about your health and life. So, stop focusing on Hollywood’s artificial perfection and put the spotlight on being healthy on the inside. Exercise to feel better. Exercise to reduce your risk factors and achieve a healthy weight and have a better quality of life. Use these motivations, and whatever else inspires you, to fuel your fitness.

At Excy, we are striving to make exercise about health and connecting exercise to the world around you while still enjoying the people, places, and values that shape your everyday lives. Don’t get caught up in the competition, illusion or ideas of perfection when it comes to exercise. Make fitness fit for the reasons that matter most to you personally.

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