Male body image is somewhat of an overlooked topic. Female body image is discussed at length and the damage that an unrealistic view of your body can cause is well known. This affects men in exactly the same way and there is a growing trend of younger males being very image conscious. Men feel they are meant to ‘man up’ in this area but research shows body image issues are almost as widespread among men as among women.
Body image can be a motivating factor to improving your fitness level but more commonly it is becoming an obsession that is having a negative effect on the overall health of men. There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight to look better or gain some muscle. The problem lies in the obsession with body image and often the people with the ‘best’ looking bodies are the ones worrying the most!
The myths about women doing weight/strength training are still going strong. Both men and women have many misconceptions about women and their response to weight training. There are many health benefits to regular weight training and in many ways women benefit even more than men. This article will clear up some misconceptions and show some ways that women can get into weight training. If you still have questions after reading please feel free to comment or contact me and I can help you to clear it up.
This is written for women who want to lift weights but are holding back for some reason. I will clear up a few of the major reasons why women don’t want to lift weights, outline why lifting heavy weights is good for women and how to get started lifting weights. If you truly don’t want to do weights then that is your choice, just make sure your reasons are your own and not based on myths or others people’s judgments!
Reasons against weights
The fire season is fast approaching here in Sydney and in many places it has already begun. As a volunteer firefighter, I understand the fitness level that is needed to fight fires once they come around. Whilst this is targeted toward local members, it is applicable for anybody in emergency services around the world getting ready for an upcoming season. This was suggested by a friend who is a member and is not directly about my own fitness business but I think it will be helpful for many people regardless. The exercises mentioned will help anybody trying to improve their fitness!
Why is fitness important?