With #fitspo having almost 4 million posts in Instagram, it could be!
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I was recently interviewed for Cleo online about whether strong is the new skinny and if this is a good result for us chickies living in a world so obsessed with our body image. And you know what? I reckon it is.
Now I’m not trying to add fuel to the fire on the body image debate — I wholeheartedly believe that there is no one size fits all when it comes to body shape — so my love for muscles is not a looks thing.
For me, this debate isn’t about whether being strong or skinny is sexier, and ‘strong’ shouldn’t be thought of in extreme terms (like some #fitspo peeps do.) Instead, we should think of being strong in a positive light because it’s the result of treating your body right with exercise and a healthy diet – and that’s gotta be a good thing!
And here’s five other reasons why I vote MUSCLES FOR THE WIN!
1. Muscles increase your metabolism, making your body a more efficient energy burning machine. Put simply, having a faster metabolism means you can feel less guilty when you (occasionally!) gorge on that tub of ice-cream as muscles elevate our metabolism even when we are sitting on our butts watching The Bachelor. Awesome.
2. To build muscles and be strong you actually have to commit to exercise. It takes hard work, dedication and a diet full of essential vitamins and minerals to maintain energy and muscle mass, meaning chances are you’re looking after yourself (not to quote that Healthy Choice ad or anything.)
3. Doing weights not only helps to build lean muscle mass, tone muscles and strengthen ligaments and tendons; it also helps to prevent osteoporosis and arthritis by improving bone density and strength.
4. Strength training to build lean muscle mass improves stability and core strength which decreases the risk of injury and back problems we are so prone to due to sitting all the bloody time.
5. When the focus is on ‘just being skinny’ it can lead to restrictions on calorie consumption and loss of vital nutrients which can ultimately lead to eating disorders and other serious health problems.
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