Being in Shape is about More than just Looking Good

fitness Dec 07, 2022
Being in Shape is about More than just Looking Good

"So yes, if you workout strictly for appearance-based reasons, you are fatphobic!" I love this Tiktok short so much, it never fails to motivate me. Memes aside, being in shape is about more than just looking good, but don't let that stop you from becoming sexy.

Due to the modern agenda, working out and looking good now has a stigma to it. Everybody wants you to be happy with being unhappy.

Yet when you look at these people who promote this, they're all miserable and out of shape. Follow their advice if you want to end up like them.

The benefits of being in shape are so worth it that it's hard to argue for not working out. Being in shape is about more than just looking good, and here are the main reasons I've encountered.

1. Confidence Skyrockets

Who woulda thought that looking good makes you more confident? Modern people certainly don't think this, but we know it to be true. One of the greatest factors that contribute to a man's confidence is his physique.

I remember when I first started working out I had no noteworthy muscle mass. Sure, I was bigger than my peers, but that was due to my being in a wheelchair.

The process of working out on my own was a slog in the beginning. I struggled to keep up with it and almost quit a few times.

Then, one morning, while looking at myself in the mirror, I noticed that my forearms were much more defined compared to before. I took at least 10 minutes to admire my work in the mirror.

I was so motivated to keep going after that. I spent that whole week doing research on how to optimize my results.

For many men, building their physique gives them their first taste of actual confidence.

2. Feel as good as you look

It's always puzzled me how doing physical activity is good for your mental health. Apparently, it has to do with survival instincts. Either way, working out not only makes you look good but feel good.

Before I started working out, I remember how much I drifted through life. Never really focused, always in a haze, pretty low energy levels, the whole package.

I remember thinking to myself, "Where am I gonna get the energy to work out from?" Before I could answer the question, I started working out.

To my surprise, the energy was just there. As if it came out of nowhere, I had enough energy to complete my workouts with proper form and adequate intensity.

It wasn't until I did some reflection a year later that I realized just how much my mood had improved from when I wasn't working out.

Everybody should strive to exercise and be in shape because it does wonders for your mental health.

3. Being in shape gives you something productive to do

Out of sheer boredom, I picked them up and started exercising.

Would you believe me if I told you that the reason I started working out was that I got bored of video games? I doubt many modern men would, yet it's what happened. 

I was playing video games for the third week in a row. I had just dropped out of college and had nothing better to do with my time.

Eventually, I got burned out from playing video games all day long. I closed my game and looked up at the ceiling, thinking about what I would do next.

After staring at the ceiling long enough, I looked over to my right. On the ledge underneath the window were my adjustable powerblock dumbbells.

I gave them a look, then paused. "Eh, sure. Why not?" That was the day that I fell in love with weightlifting.

Ever since that day, I've consistently worked out. Ever since that day, I've had an amazing mood. Ever since that day, I've admired myself in the mirror plenty of times.

I no longer feel like I'm drifting through life, and that's because weightlifting gave my life direction when it had none.

Just as working out gives men their first taste of confidence, it also gives them their first taste of productivity; in order to sustain your results, you must keep up the habit, a habit that is much more productive than video games.

Being in shape is the gateway to masculinity

In the modern day, working out serves as the first gate to masculinity. Many men who are going in the direction they want to go in life have their physiques on point.

This is because of the three reasons mentioned above: confidence, mental health, and productivity. Working out brings these things to men, which is why it's so valuable.

Now, you are no longer working out strictly for appearance-based reasons. Even so, don't let that stop you from being a little fatphobic towards achieving your goals.


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