This chapter highlights the interconnections among exercise, fitness, body image, and physical attractiveness. The way that you feel about your body is a key ingredient in your personal and social adjustment. Pleasurable fitness endeavors have the potential to enhance your appearance as well as your strength, endurance, and flexibility. Various exercises can help to shape and tone different areas of your physique. Although you may decide to concentrate on improving particular aspects of your appearance, do not ignore your overall fitness.
Regardless of your age or gender, developing a leaner, more muscular physique is advantageous for your health. There is a positive association among looking, moving, and feeling well. You do not have to become a serious body builder to accrue appearance and fitness benefits. In fact, an excessive increase in the size of your physique may actually lead to potential health problems along with a less attractive appearance. For example, some weight lifters get so focused on enlarging particular muscle groups that they end up being too big for their underlying physical structure, risking serious injury by overloading their joints and tendons.
Do you have gender-related concerns about your physical appearance? Males tend to be more intent on looking bigger and stronger, females on losing weight and appearing younger. Males are much more apt to fall into the trap