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Pride and the (im)perfect body

New studies show that exercise actually slows the aging process taking place within our chromosomes. 
Photo credit:
Grant Foreman

The word of the week most definitely is Pride. It's hard to do much without it coming up in conversations. 

A friend's Pride post on Facebook had me thinking all weekend. So what better forum than here to hash it out some more?

He was frustrated because he felt that Pride isn't about "Pride diets" and how many people you have sex with. 

There was talk of being happy with chubby bodies, STD rates escalating with promiscuity, equality issues, etc.. 

I'm not going to get into the fact that I think we all could pay more attention to our own actions and less upon on being "outraged" over everyone else's daily minutiae.  

Self-acceptance, or that of others,  should not be based on one's body image. 

Because someone is heavy doesn't have to mean they don't love themselves as much as it doesn't mean they are comfortable with being overweight.  

Taking up the issues of self-esteem and discounting the very real health concerns associated with being overweight is a dangerous game 

Should we disregard the affects of excess body weight in the name of self-love? 

Wouldn't loving ourselves include doing everything in our power to honor the bodies we're blessed with? 

Isn't making fun of those who set aside time for physical training habitually just another form of body shaming? 

And haven't we as a community seen first hand the negative effects of other groups being "outraged" over our own gay lifestyle; when in fact our lives have little effect on them and would be best served to mind their own business. 

This isn't all about abs and racking up sex partners. 

For example, just because you're 32 years old doesn't mean your body is responding like one on a cellular level. 

You may actually have the cardiovascular abilities of a 48-year-old and the cellular processing of a 50-year-old. 

But, you can take up to a decade off your biological age through regular vigorous activity. 

New studies show that exercise actually slows the aging process taking place within our chromosomes. 

As you exercise you basically are washing these chromosomes in a protective coating that prevents them from degradation as they naturally divide, which gradually breaks down their protective coating and they eventually die (which is the cause of aging)! 

Or how about the more mundane: walking up stairs and greeting a friend at the top. 

The majority of Americans will actually feel fatigued and need rest after even the shortest of exertions. And it doesn't have to be this way. 

I like training in a gym for many reasons (the eye candy ha!) but you can pick any activity that suits you. 

Try walking for 45 minutes three times a week until this feels easy. Then add in two days of resistance training on top of where you train with some sort weight. This too will become easy and you can find new ways to develop your own particular programming. 

If you need help, reach out to someone. If you've read this you may feel like writing to me and I'll be happy to help:writegf@gmail.com

Let's keep our eyes on our own paper and we'll all benefit in the end.