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Dad bods: Public Enemy Number One and a Health Nuisance

Beware of the latest trend regarding summer workouts that is lurking at a beach near you. Leonardo DiCaprio and Seth Rogan and their beer guzzling sporadic workout sessions are becoming a hot commodity (aside from their fame and fortune) due to their surprisingly desirable bodies. Thanks to an article written by Mackenzie Pearson that has made worldwide rounds courtesy of The Odyssey, we’ve created a complacent mentality that can lead to serious health implications.

The dad bod is something like a bad fashion fad, akin to parachute pants or the currently trending man bun. Pearson justifies the dad bod due to its “nice balance between a beer gut and working out.” In other words, he is that former athlete who let himself go or the person who hits the gym once a while just to say he did, purely for self-validation. She continues on that this person is “not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.” Hate to break it to you bro, but it seems like diabetes and heart disease are just right around the corner for ‘ya.

The justifications for this ghastly body shape are absurd and passive aggressively malicious. Some of the listed reasons for promoting this unhealthy lifestyles include: the partner being the prettier one of the two, supposedly better cuddling, better eats (debatable when one is eating fast food), and knowing what one is getting. Actively seeking to grunge up your partner in hopes of making yourself look prettier is unhealthy behavior that not only damages the health of a supposed loved one, but shows a lack of self-esteem, confidence, and security. Better cuddling? Very subjective. Knowing what one is getting? Sounds like somebody is afraid of change and accepting of how somebody is and will be in the future. It doesn’t sound like a healthy relationship or healthy at all.

Obesity is one of the leading causes of disease in our world. Obesity greatly increases the chance of diabetes, meaning you can go blind, destroy the other organ systems of your body, get gangrene, and eventually die. The extra visceral fat is also heavily linked with an increased incidence of heart disease, making your heart a ticking time bomb. These risk factors are modifiable, unlike genetic makeup, and we can do so through a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

A healthy diet and regular exercise routine does not have to create a perfect body of washboard abs and a skinny waist. In fact, we at Strength (yes, in case you have the question do strength jump shoes work, they do), understand and promote the fact that we all come in different shapes and sizes. What we want from everybody is to live a healthier lifestyle because ultimately, living is great and we want you to do your best. Not just in sports, but in life. Exercising decreases the stress levels, helps to strengthen bones, and reduce injuries. It is also a good routine that translate into other aspects of your life. Having a regular routine and sticking with it is something that can apply to our careers and personal life. By not exercising and allowing ourselves to engage in unhealthy behavior, we severely undermine our potential and capabilities. Being with someone that’s pushing you to obtain a “dad bod” is a toxic environment that should be avoided at all cost. Love yourself and strive to be better. Grab a pair of our jump shoes, weighted vest, or weighted jump ropes, or whatever, and go workout. Add quality years to your life.

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