The truth about getting ripped – and why you should aim for getting healthy instead.

I would love to have a $1 for every time I have googled how to get ripped? If you googled right now you can guarantee over 200 million results in less than a second relating to the topic of getting ripped, lean, shredded etc. What is so interesting about me googling how to get ripped is, I am really not that interested in committing to it. Maybe, I’ve lost interest in it through the years or maybe it’s because I’ve gotten wiser with age and I can see that getting ripped isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. The truth about getting ripped is it’s not natural. For men, our bodies where made to look like men (chest hair included). We where made to jump, run, lift and be mobile. we should strive to be healthy and free from the vain, chest shaving, weak, de-masculine culture we are sold by society.

A Workout Routine for Real Life

I’ve written posts on this in the past. But life shouldn’t be lived for the gym. Can you imagine what a sad life that would be? How would you feel when you can no longer get in the gym because your body starts to fail you. Life would lose its meaning. Do yourself a favor and get over the dream of getting ripped and find a new dream. A dream that enriches your life and those around you to the maximum. Get involved in group style training where the gym is just as much a social experience as it is a physical one. Get involved in circuit training so you can get in and out of the gym quickly. Or come train with me for a while down here in Charlotte, I promise it will change your life, and we can be friends forever (thus improving your overall health score).

What is considered Healthy?

A rather important question before beginning any new pursuit would be, “is this going to add value to my life, and are the efforts worth the return I am getting?.” Personally, I want to maximize my time here on earth. My goal is not to be a jack of all trades, and a master of none. Rather, I fancy myself as someone who has few interests, but excels in them (this is why I refuse to play golf). You should probably ask yourself the same type of question in regards to your pursuit of the perfect body. Is it really worth it? All the meal prep, living life out of a tubberware container in hopes that you can achieve the elusive six pack. Driving back and forth to the gym everyday, the constant pressure to keep buying the newest workout gear from Nike. So what is considered healthy?

Health, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), is “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”[1][2] This definition has been subject to controversy, as it may have limited value for implementation.[3][4][5] Health may be defined as the ability to adapt and manage physical, mental and social challenges throughout life

-Wikipedia

If you noticed, the above definition has nothing to do with your body fat % (although one could argue for correlation but not necessarily causation). Being in good health is aligning your physical goals with your mental and social well being. Being healthy is not crushing your mental well being by starving yourself for a physique competition. Being healthy is not stepping all over your social life because your afraid to go out with the boys and throw a few beers back because you don’t want to, “ruin”, your gym session from earlier. It is all a balancing act, crush the gym, eat great food, and visit great friends on the regular. But for goodness sakes, quit googling how to get ripped and start googling how to live life to the fullest.

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