Why is our society so obsessed with abs?
If you have a ripped stomach, there’s only one possible explanation: you’re a perfect specimen of fitness. You eat perfect healthy meals, follow a perfect workout program, and you NEVER EVER cheat.
Abs are the ultimate sign of fitness, right?
Well, like most things, it’s not that simple. I mean, we all “have” abs, right? It’s just a matter of how much our bodies want to unveil them to the world.
This is a case where “everybody’s different” rings true times a million.
Someone with an apple-shaped figure is naturally going to have a way tougher time uncovering their abs than someone with an hourglass shape. Naturally super-thin people have toned-looking stomachs by default.
And some people just won’t have visible abs until they’re down to a super unhealthy and unsustainable body fat percentage (via a super unhealthy and unsustainable lifestyle).
I’ve heard so many figure competitors come back post-competition to say that they were never so unhealthy and unhappy as they were on competition day, when they were at society’s version of the ideal weight and shape.
When it comes to abs, the question is always “is it worth it?” What would you personally have to do to get to that place, and are those really sacrifices you’d want to make?
I won’t lie—I wouldn’t mind having ripped abs someday, just to do it. It’s an exciting challenge.
Kind of like running a marathon. That was hard for me—really hard, and in certain ways, somewhat unhealthy—but I can always say that I did it.
With the ab thing, I have a pretty good idea what it would take, for my body, and it would be no joke.
Whether it would be worth it…I’m still deciding.
What do you think? Are abs worth the trouble?
What do you think is the best measure of fitness?