I've really enjoyed this summer. How can you not when you live in Scottsdale, AZ? The entire town is like one giant resort. Palm trees, fine restaurants, and beautiful people are the norm and one cannot help but become caught up in the happy, healthy vibe.
As a result, I have found myself feeling better than I have felt in years. Just like the Huey Lewis tune, "I'm workin' out most every day and watchin' what I eat." It's quite a contrast from living in Boston where beer and clam chowdah are what is to be expected when a friend asks you out for dinner.
I can't wait to hit the stage when The Price Is Right Live! tour kicks off next month because I know my suits will be fitting me just fine. It was that same confidence and enthusiasm that led me to spend a few hours at the pool the other day. The Arizona sun was beating down and it seemed like a nice way to get some color on my face. No dad bod here. I was ready.
But so was every other dude.
Is it just me or do men seem to be in really great shape lately? There's no shame in such an observation. It's simply that...an observation. And apparently I'm not the only one to notice as eurakalert.org has devoted an entire study to finding out why today's man is stripped, ripped, and well-equipped. And, like all else, it boils down to money.
According to the research, the poor economy has caused an overwhelming number of men to seek validation in ways other than a fat wallet. In fact, a slim waistline seems to be the ego stroke of choice.
In a world where poor economies seem to affect many countries in detrimental ways such as chronic disease, unemployment, and higher rates of poverty, America is taking a drastically different approach to coping. Since the recession of 2008, guys are hitting the gym. Looking at the years from '05-'15, the most significant number of new gym memberships belonged to men ages 16-25. And we can tell. Just look at the number of pictures of guys with their shirts off appearing on social media!
There's even a term for it: "spornosexuality" refers to men seeking validation from their bodies rather than their work.
Based on the research, this new trend may not be good for business but it should continue to be good for morale.
Jamie Hakim, a professor in the UK who oversaw the study claims, "the projection of what constitutes a 'good life' has become so spectacular even while the means of home ownership, a prestigious career, and a high income are radically diminishing."
Whatever. Happiness to me is not being the chubby guy at the pool.
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