Friday, February 22, 2013

Sweat Thoughts

I watch The Biggest Loser. Religiously. The last few weeks I've noticed a few different articles online about the efficacy or motivational attributes of the show. At the same time, I started hearing friends comparing themselves to the contestants on the show. Last year I heard that the producers fake some of the results of the runs- most notably that the Marathon has never been certified by anyone as actually being 26.2 miles. 

And here's why I'm frustrated...

I LOVE this show. I LOVE watching people do things they never thought they could do. I feel like working out when I see people logging miles and tossing weight around. And here's the point: 

I let myself be inspired by the contestants, but I would never try to imitate them. The show is amazingly inspirational- but completely impractical. It's a gameshow. Game. Show. People. NOT a lifestyle plan. If you honestly think quitting your job and working out in front of cameras 8 hours a day with medical professionals, personal trainers, chefs, and physical therapists, is the actual way to make a change to your life.... well, then, you're setting yourself up to be really disappointed. 

Find a physical hobby. Experiment with healthier foods. Encourage yourself to not be as sedentary. It's not that easy. You might need help. Eh- you'll probably need help. But don't think that the numbers you see on Biggest Loser will translate in any way to your current situation. Use their perspiration for your inspiration. 

2 comments:

Ali said...

Not to mention that these people don't have to work while on the show! They diet and exercise 24/7...it's so unrealistic. I agree that the show is really awesome and inspirational, but we need to remember it's reality TV...so it's not reality haha.

... said...

I heard one of them say on the last episode, "The other contestants...." which is true!! They are contestants. It's like watching Jeopardy and thinking, "Geeze, why didn't I know the answer to that?"