Did you know that you don’t have to run wind sprints and complete athletic training for hours a day like a NFL quarterback in order to be in great shape and continue weight management? It’s true!
NFL Opening Day is right around the corner, and New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady was just photographed on vacation with his family. He is currently being body shamed because he does not currently have the public’s perception of a “typical” NFL quarterback’s ripped body.
If, arguably, one of the greatest athletes of our time does not have the “perfect” body, why do we obsess about having 6-pack abs or biceps the size of softballs?
What if you just want to get healthier? Do you need to have the public’s perception of the “perfect” body of a NFL quarterback to be in shape? Not necessarily.
For some, aspiring to achieve a sculpted body may be a motivating factor in making healthy changes and renewing commitment to athletic training. However, if you do the work and don’t get as toned and muscular as some of the athletes you see on TV, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re unhealthy and out of shape. It is possible to have a “dad bod” (or a “mom bod”) and still be healthy.
As a Certified Athletic Trainer and the founder of Fitness for Health, an exercise facility working with children through senior citizens and professional athletes in the Washington, DC, area that specializes in athletic training using state-of-the-art, exergaming technology, I believe that, ultimately, fitness has less to do with how you look and more about how you feel, and what your body can do. It’s all about working toward being the healthiest you can be. If aspiring toward a “NFL body” helps you get there, that’s fine. But don’t get discouraged if you don’t achieve it; being “ripped” is not the end-all, be-all of health.
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