What is the Male Physical Body Ideal and Why Does it Matter for Modern Masculinity?

Aesthetics, attractiveness, and confidence are high on the minds of many men today.

While ideals of the masculine body continue to be refreshed through media — particularly movies, advertisements, and social media — it’s arguable that the ideal male body has persisted for millennia.

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”

Socrates

In other words, that which was beautiful to our ancestors 3,000 years ago was also likely beautiful to our ancestors 300,000 years ago. Yet, the beauty of a man does not solely rely upon his mere, “being,” rather the beauty of man combines a great many traits including the soundness of mind, body, and spirit.

Ancient cave paintings illustrate the muscular, V-Shape aesthetic with broad shoulders and large arms tapering into a small waist.
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What is the Value of Nutrition for Protecting DNA and Promoting Optimal Genetic Expression in Fitness?

Genes and gene expression provide the key that unlocks health, longevity, and fitness in all humans.

Even though we cannot control the diet of our parents and the factors leading up to conception, birth, and formal years, if you are reading this blog then you have the potential to upgrade genetic expression today.

“It seems clear that the composition and quantity of our diets can be key in influencing the symptoms of chronic disease. It is important to distinguish between diet quality and quantity, both clearly have very specific effects.”

“The key to controlling our personal genetic susceptibility to disease. In choosing what we eat, we choose whether we will provide our genes the weapons that cause disease.”

Berit Johansen, professor of biology at NTNU

Or the ammunition to fight disease and the resources to expand consciousness, perhaps.

There are genes that regulate normal biological processes and then there are genes that regulate optimal or evolving biological processes.

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How to Lose 40 lbs in 8 weeks: Celebrating Orangetheory Fitness Seattle Weight Loss Challenge Winners 2017

How committed are you to lifestyle change?

While weight loss is the goal for many people, I truly like to emphasize the many reasons and benefits for lifestyle change in itself. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: when people lose a ton of weight, the valuable part isn’t the fact that they lost weight — instead the most valuable part is that these individuals were able to change their habits and challenge their discipline day in and day out.

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