Model Robyn Lawley has her own bathing suit line (entrepreneur), doesn’t like to focus on labels (authentic), wants to help women in general accept their bodies (keep it real), and has been asked to focus on staying healthy and be herself? Such an awesome story as highlighted in this article in Time Magazine.
As we know, bodies come in all shapes and sizes as we called out in our post “Beauty Work and Celebrity Bodies: Illusion vs. Truth.” I will never have a six pack, nor do I truly desire one. Why? The amount of time and diet restrictions is well beyond the commitment I am willing to make, especially to get rid of my C-section baby fat. However, with heart disease and high blood pressure running in my family, a desire to have energy to play with my son, a commitment to minimize weight gain as I age for the highest quality of life, I am 110 percent committed to staying healthy.
For me, that means aiming to meet the American Heart Associations recommendations for overall cardiovascular health, which they 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. It also means watching my diet, but not sacrificing everything I love (like an occasional Dairy Queen Butterfinger Blizzard, red wine, and I am a sucker for queso dip which I was reminded of during a Super Bowl party…we still love you Hawks).
Whether a size 0, the average American size of 14 or larger, the more we can make our weight, exercise, and diet about being healthy vs. competition or an illusion what we think is perfection, the better! Our health can skyrocket the more we understand our body type, the role of genetics, and how to set realistic expectations.
Sports Illustrated featuring a “plus size” model and supporting the idea of a more representative body type is one of many great reasons to have a dialog about our health or lack of health at multiple sizes.
I have lost 12 pounds over the last three months using our Excy portable exercise bike, but will never look as good as Robyn Lawley in a bikini. But honestly, I couldn’t care less. I just want to be my best healthy self (and you won’t be seeing me in a bikini anytime soon…it’s not always safe for chasing kids around…something could fall out).
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