In Dressing Well and Why it Should Matter to You, I discussed how style and dressing well significantly impacts your attractiveness and the large impact these factors have in the success of your life. I now want to focus the other component of our website: fitness.
I want to stress to you that just like with style and dressing well, fitness is a critical component to your success and overall well-being. Fitness not only drastically elevates your attractiveness, but as you probably already knew, it is an essential factor of good health. It doesn’t just end there though; being physically fit greatly improves your psychological well-being, your discipline and it will train you to develop a mentality that allows you to succeed in all aspects of life.
Fitness and Attractiveness
Dressing Well and Why it Should Matter to You established just how much of an effect being attractive has on your life. On a related note, you probably already realize on an intuitive level that just by becoming fit, you will drastically increase your attractiveness. With that said, I want to impress upon you just how big of an effect it is. Here at Well Built Style, we take an evidenced based approach and look at scientific research. So let’s take a look at what the science says about fitness and attractiveness:
- When it comes to being sexually attractive to women, physically fit men win out hands down. Honekapp et. al found that the physical fitness of a man is substantially correlated to his body attractiveness to women. Furthermore, body attractiveness is strongly correlated with the number of sexual partners a man has. In other words, the more physically fit you are, the more success you’ll have with women!
- What specific characteristics do women find attractive on male bodies? The answer is a well-built, muscular body. For example, a study by Franzoi and Herzog shows that on men, women are attracted to bodies that indicate muscular strength. More specifically, they are attracted to well built upper bodies but also well built buttocks and legs.
- I’m sure you’ve heard of the “V-Shape” or the upside down triangle. Research such as this one has indicated that women find this shape the most sexually attractive. A “V-shape” consists of a broad chest and shoulders but a narrow waist. This shape indicates health and fitness. You can get this shape too by lifting weights to develop your muscles and by losing the fat around your waist.
So why does the physical fitness of a man matter so much in his attractiveness to women? Well it’s simple really – it has to do with mating strategies. Women are attracted to men who look healthy because women are evolutionary primed to seek mates that give them the best chance at producing healthy offspring. A healthy looking mate is likely to have better genes for her offspring, live longer, and is likely to be able to act as a protector. By mating with a healthy male, she is more likely to ensure the continuation of her genes. And of course, a well-built man is the man who looks healthy.
Of course, the effects on fitness and attractiveness aren’t just limited to sexual attractiveness. Research has shown that people actively discriminate against fat individuals. For example, this study shows that fat people are strongly discriminated in the areas of employment, education and health care! Basically, if you are fat/obese, people are much more likely to not only assume that you have a physical illness, but that you also have serious character flaws.
Fitness and Health:
But your fitness level doesn’t just affect your sexual market value or the way others treat you; it is a significant key in your overall health. I’m sure all of you know this already but I really want to drill this fact into your heads. I also want to say that just because you’re not obese doesn’t mean that you’re fit. You can be thin but completely weak and out of shape which means you’re not that much better off in terms of health.
How exactly does fitness affect health and your life?
- Exercise prevents all sorts of aliments such as osteoporosis, diabetes, many types of cancers and heart disease.
- Exercise doesn’t only prevent physical ailments, but it prevents many cognitive ones as well. Did you know that exercise is an extremely effective natural anti-depressant? People are so readily prescribed with anti-depressant nowadays while an equal effective if not better anti-depressant, exercise, is free and doesn’t come with all the pesky side effects! For example, this study shows that exercise is useful for reducing the severity and duration of depressive reactions after a stressful life event. In another example, researchers found that exercise is equally as effective as standard antidepressant medications at treating depression.
- Exercise also helps keep your mind young. This study shows that exercise helps slow cognitive decline and reduces the incidence of dementia.
One thing that I do want to point out is the health benefits of weight training. We’re huge advocates of heavy weight training but we feel that it doesn’t get the recognition it deserves for its positive effects on health. When people think of exercise and health benefits, they often think of aerobic training (otherwise known as cardio). Well let me make it clear that weight training (anaerobic training) produces the same positive effects that are caused by aerobic training. In just one of many examples of the benefits weight training has on health, this study confirms that weight training is just as effective as aerobic training when it comes to preventing coronary heart disease.
Fitness and Your Mental Fortitude:
Being physically fit can have a significant impact on your mental state with respect to your level of mental toughness, hardiness, and tenacity. In other words, fitness teaches you drive. It teaches you to push a little harder on that conditioning run, or to grind a little bit more to squeeze out another rep. This directly relates to any other aspect of your life that involves self discipline and hard work. Have a difficult exam to study for? Have a big project at work? You learn how to push yourself in order to get the job done.
Another benefit to fitness is the spillover effect it has on the other areas of your life. When your diet and training is dialed in, you’ll notice an in improvement in your commitment to your studies and education, an improvement in your ambition at work, improved relationships with your friends and family, you name it.
Lastly, I touched upon the positive effects of fitness on mental health earlier but I want to talk about other aspects of your your psychological well-being, specifically your self-esteem and confidence. What happens to you when you are eating a crappy diet, sitting on the couch and not sleeping well? Do you normally feel great about yourself and your life? Of course not. If you’re like most people you will feel like a worthless piece of crap. But what about those times when you’re working out regularly, eating a good diet and getting plenty of rest? You feel like amazing don’t you? Like you can take on any challenge. It’s like you are walking on cloud nine!
Be the Best Man You Can Be:
I sincerely hope that I have convinced you how dedicating yourself to improved physical fitness can benefit your life. Do you want to be more attractive to women? Do you want to live longer with a higher quality of life? Do you want develop that mental toughness that you’ll need to succeed in your endeavors? Then you MUST become physically fit. Combined with a sharp sense of style, a fit body will give you the ability to succeed in all aspects of life. The beautiful thing is, you have the power to make all these changes and we’re here to help.
Gentlemen, here’s to staying fit and looking sharp!