I recently read an article coming down hard on workout enthusiasts, saying those people workout for vanity reasons.
I wish I could find the article to reference here. I saw it on Facebook. It was written by a fitness guru, mom of two. If anyone knows what article I'm referring to, please let me know and I'll edit this post to include the link.
But it kind of set me off a little bit. The author, a mother of two with an impeccable body, was coming down hard on people who she says workout for vanity reasons. She went on to state that many people out there workout for health reasons, and to just be healthier - which I totally agree with, and I think that's great.
But she made those people who workout for vanity reasons sound like terrible narcissistic people.
My questions are:
What's wrong with working out, simply to look better?
Why is it terrible to workout in order to lose some flab and look smoking hot in a bikini?
What's wrong with wanting to lose a couple percentage points of body fat and gain a few pounds of lean muscle in order to have chiseled arms and abs?
When I first started my weight-loss journey, I was around 155 pounds, and wanted to lose about 20 of those. 155 pounds is technically overweight for my height, and I wanted to get "in shape" so one flight of stairs wouldn't wind me. But let's be honest - I wasn't happy with the way I looked and wanted to be smaller. Is there anything so terribly wrong with that?
Obviously, exercising for improving health problems such as heart issues, obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, etc. is fantastic and I encourage and support everyone out there who is doing something to improve their health!!
But some of us want to look better. Plain and simple.
What are your thoughts?
Is it "okay" to workout so you look better in tight pants, or a swim suit?
At what point does vanity become too much, when talking about working out/exercising?