We live in a society obsessed with not just looking good, but looking great, being not just slim, but sample-size skinny, and where Botox injections are becoming as commonplace as moisturizing cream.
Even men are regulars in tanning and waxing salons.
If this is so, then why are so many people out there still not looking after their health as they should?
Is it down to lack of time, stress or are they just downright lazy?
Why are so many people lazy when it comes to diet and exercise?
According to personal trainer Tracy Anderson, who has trained Hollywood’s elite including Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna, most of us are after a quick fix solution when it comes to improving our lifestyle.
“People can become lazy after having been sold a false promise,” she says. “If you go out and buy an exercise DVD that promises to make you lose ‘X’ amount in one week, and nothing happens, then you will be reluctant to do it again. The result is that these small failures make them lose faith in their ability to either lose weight or become fitter. People are not always lazy for no reason, they could just be discouraged.”
You’re so vain … the triggers
We are all unique, inspired by different things, meaning some people will only commit to exercise if they feel part of something important.
“Competition, music, vanity and circumstances like breaking up with your partner or changing jobs are all things that can trigger someone’s motivation,” explains Anderson, who witnesses this sort of resistance daily.