In the last five years the fitness industry has grown enormously. Every year millions of people become gym members and jobs as fitness instructors or personal trainers are expected to grow with over 30% by 2020. The numbers are incredible and more and more people seem to fight the obese trend. But are we really that healthy? What is the line between a commitment and an addiction?
In the 90’s Kate moss was super model number 1.With her ‘’nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’’ Quote, the ideal image of the 90’s woman was set. Today, in 2015 we could say that strong is the new skinny. A strong and healthy physic is the new look of beauty. But where did this new perception of beauty came from and is going to the gym that often really that healthy?
Where the origin of the fitness hype lies is hard to tell, but what we can definitely conclude is that social media plays a big role.
I did a little test and opened my Instagram account, scrolled down and randomly picked 12 photo’s, 8 of them where photo’s about food or fitness. People are stimulating each other to go to the gym, get healthy and feel fit. But the risk in this is that these days everyone is an ‘’expert’’. In the maze of blogging, vlogging and Instagram every ‘’expert’’ has a different opinion and readers get lost in who is wrong and who’s got it right.
In the following weeks we are going to find out about what is healthy about the current fitness trend and what is not. And we are starting with the frequency of work outs. If you read personal blogs from fitness fanatics, every now and then you see the word ‘’rest day’’ (a day of not working out) hopping by, which makes me think, how many rest days does your body need?
I went for a little research on the internet, and soon I found out. A lot of people have an opinion and every research differs a little from the other. There is no perfect number of workouts per week, and I am certainly not the expert. The only concrete things I was able to find out is that, to see some results, a minimum of 2-3 workouts a day is adviced and the body needs rest, a minimum of 1 day a week according to the workout routine.
But personaly I think most of u, including myself get lost in all the different opinions and advices,
Maybe finding out what works best for you would be my ‘’expert’’ advice.