Mission: Can I Get Kelly Ripa's Body?
One writer's journey to find strength (and a thinner waistline?) through the celebrity-worshiped fitness workout, Physique 57
My starting pointHeight: 5' 6"
Weight: 150.6 lbs
Thighs: 24 ½"
Arms: 12 ½"
Let's start by stating the facts. I have made it my mission to get a tight, toned celebrity body, but currently, I don't work out. Like, not at all. Yes, I am the rightful owner of a $30 a month LA Fitness membership, but that doesn't mean I am using the keychain card to do anything except pick my teeth after dinner. Classy, I know.
And I'm not alone (well, maybe the teeth-picking part). According to the surgeon general, more than 60 percent of adults don't exercise regularly and 25 percent of us don't work out at all. And yet we all worship (and secretly despise) celebs with perfect bodies who essentially have "Be superhumanly hot and toned" written into their studio contracts.
So why are we all so sedentary, especially when the benefits of staying active are well documented? After all, breaking a sweat has been proven to ward off disease, improve your mood, and boost your energy. Hell, it can even put some spice back into your sex life.
I know that for me, a host of excuses help me hit the couch instead of spin class after work. I tell myself I don't have time, I'm too tired, I get bored, confused, self-conscious, blah blah blah. So before I even start, I'm feeling like Physique 57 is going to have to really bring it in order to get my ass in "Ripa" gear.
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