The Devolution of Man: “The Dad Bod”

Hello and welcome to the Living Revolution 🙂

Alright, it seems like it is just going to be one of those weeks, when I have lots of time to sit and write and lots of material with which to work, so I am going to throw down another post.

The subject I want to discuss today is timely and relevant, so I hope you’ll indulge me a brief rant. I was recently made aware of the “phenomenon” referred to as “Dad Bod”.  By the way, this is a prime example of one reason why I choose to judiciously limit my consumption of pop culture media. So, I Googled it. Or rather, my friend Denise Googled it, and then read an article excerpt that inspired my rage in less than a paragraph! And I quote…

“The dad bod says, ‘I go to the gym occasionally, but I also drink heavily on the weekends and enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time.’ It’s not an overweight guy, but it isn’t one with washboard abs, either.”

National news outlets like Time Magazine are devoting journalistic effort to cover this new cultural shift, and of course, everyone on the Internet (including myself) is giving their two cents about why this is a good thing or not. This topic is similar to the phenomenon of “Reverse Progress” fitness photos that sprang on to the national scene at the beginning of this year. If you aren’t familiar, check out my post “Reverse Progress is a Trend to Avoid” .

I’ll be clear about the issues I have with this “movement”:

First, the idea that we continue to celebrate the average in this country drives me insane. Why do we continue to validate mediocrity? Why do we as a culture continue to encourage people to avoid putting effort toward anything? We have invested so heavily in matters of convenience, that we no longer understand how to work toward goals. Our misplaced priorities, hectic schedules, and overworked nervous systems are forcing a devolution of our species and we no longer understand how maintain our own bodies!! And rather than seek to develop a strong sense of personal responsibility and change these patterns, we continue to give our attention to media pundits and supermarket magazine articles, convincing us of some kind of one-size-fits-all answer that simplifies every problem by assuring us that everyone has similar problems, so it really isn’t a problem anymore but a cool fad that is “quickly spreading across the country”. FUCK THAT. Don’t be such a sheep. Aligning yourself with a community of people with similar goals and beliefs is a positive aspect of being a social creature, but when you start to take other people’s thoughts and suggestions as “gospel”, and begin using someone else’s beliefs as a justification for your behavior, you divest yourself from the agency that gives you your individuality and personhood, and that is a lazy and ignorant way to live.

Second, I’m baffled that this is entirely a discussion of aesthetics, and few people are willing to address the fact that health, fitness, and wellness should be the driving force behind living a healthy lifestyle.  Want to know what is really crazy!?!

If you take care of yourself and you live a healthy lifestyle, you will probably look better.

In case you didn’t know, eating right and exercising regularly have a number of positive effects of your physical body.  You will have stronger hair and nails. You will have clearer skin. Your breath and BO will be less pungent. Your teeth will be whiter. You receive all of these benefits simply from paying attention to the food you put in your body, and making a conscious effort to use your body for movement on a consistent basis. Does anyone really want a body that says “I drink heavily on weekends and I enjoy eating eight slices of pizza at a time”? Does anyone out there really want to be partnered with someone who treats themselves that way? Is that a message that you want to define you was a person? Seriously???

Let me clear and say that I am not advocating for “balance”. What I’m talking about is a willful desire to live ABOVE-AVERAGE.What I’m talking about is a conscious effort to PAY ATTENTION. What I’m talking about is taking time and putting forth effort to construct and maintain a healthy physical body, because without that body, we are little more than electrical blips flitting through space. What I’m talking about is making a decision to separate yourself from the masses and decide that on this issue, you want to be different.

I’m here to encourage you to make the disciplined choice. It is absolutely true that choosing to live a healthy lifestyle requires more effort, more patience, more preparation, and more attention. It will never be “easy”, but it will always be as simple as finding out what works best for you, and then making the choice to follow that plan. In the year 2015, ignorance and lack of knowledge are no longer valid excuses, but if you really don’t know how to make healthy food choices, or how to manage your time effectively, then ASK FOR HELP! I’m right here.

I’m here to answer your questions or help point you in the right direction. Everyone deserves the opportunity to change themselves in a positive way, and creating a healthy and fit physical body is a great way to invest your time and effort. So, hit me up here with a comment, or send your questions to tobias.shea.livingrevolution@gmail.com and let’s get you started on a fitness journey that will last the rest of your life!

As always, thank you for reading my words, and for participating in the Living Revolution! Until next time… Peace.Tobias.

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