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Use Common Sense for Health Goals

Maruchy Lachance is president of Running Ninja!, a lifestyle brand for runners by runners. Running Ninja! offers a wide variety of apparel and gifts for runners to keep you happy and inspired while you’re on the run.

One of my good friends has been diligently working on adopting a healthy lifestyle. For almost a year she has been focusing on non-processed, fresh and lean foods. She also abandoned her couch potato ways and has taken up walking and salsa dancing. Her hard work has paid off, as she is leaner and fitter and within her recommended ideal weight. So when I spoke to her the other day I was surprised to hear that she is attempting to lose an additional 20 pounds. She quickly assured me she had read about an actress with a similar build and height to hers that is her new goal weight. This concerned me so I did a little research and presented her with the following:

It is a common practice to not reveal your true weight, especially in the competitive world of Hollywood. Even the most beautiful and fit actresses do not reveal their true weight and even if the low weight they reveal is true, it probably is not a healthy amount.

Case in point, celebrity A (shall remain nameless) is 6 feet tall and she reports her weight is 135 pounds while celebrity B (Gabrielle Reece) is 6’3″ and reports she is 172 pounds. Both look almost identical. They are slender and have an athletic build so one is clearly not being forthright with her true weight.

It is situations like this that remind me that I cannot put my fitness and health goals on someone else’s results. When determining my ideal weight I do not just take my height into account but also my body type and level of activity. The same is true for my fitness routine. My fitness goals are constantly adjusting and changing because I am challenging myself, not competing with anyone else.

While athletes and celebrities can provide inspiration and motivation make sure that you don’t lose sight of the real superstar in your life – YOU!

Check out if you are at a healthy BMI level here.

For more inspiration from Maruchy Lachance check out:

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July 17th, 2011

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