Celebrity diet-and-exercise pieces are the bread and butter of the gossip rags. There are whole websites devoted to how celebs take care of (or abuse) their bodies. The Skinny Website, not well loved by this blogger, as well as the more innocuous Healthy Hollywood among others specialize in critiquing the ever popular chicken-and-veggies diet combined with “dog walking” and/or spin classes until chunks are blown. Despite them not ever saying anything new and recycling the same old pictures of Ashley Tisdale in workout shorts and Uggs (If you just said “who?” then you are officially old. That was a trick test.) they are some of the most popular women’s sites on the Internet.
The print world is similarly affected. People, US Weekly, In Touch and the rest would be half their size – and missing half their covers – without the Diets of the Stars stories they rehash every week. They keep printing and people keep buying.
Don’t even get me started on Daytime TV’s inability to interview anyone without asking about their diet and exercise routine.
We’re all interested. That’s a fact. But why? Does seeing celebrities working out motivate you to get your butt to the gym? Do you have the subconscious thought that if you hijack a treadmill like Britney then you can work a white bikini like her?
It doesn’t work for me. I’m not going to pretend that I’m not interested in knowing what celebs pretend to do to get their figures but seeing pics of them in sweats (but never sweaty!) doesn’t get my butt out of my chair.
What Motivates Me
I’m much more inspired by real people. Like this year’s crop of stellar Olympians (helloooo Michael Phelps!) But even better is anyone running on the treadmill next to me. I have a competitive streak a mile wide and simply cannot let them, stranger they may be, beat me to that non-existent finish line. Yes, everyone at my gym thinks I’m crazy. I work so much harder when the girl next to me is kicking butt then when I look up on the TV screen and see Reese Witherspoon jogging through her posh Beverly Hills neighborhood.
One of my gym buddies, who asked to remain nameless, swears by the Food Network to get her mojo on on the elliptical. Nothing gets my husband off the couch and onto the court like watching a little pro NBA on ESPN. (He waits until after the game is finished, natch, to find that pick-up game.) And I know people of both genders who work out twice as hard if anyone attractive is in the near vicinity.
What’s Your Inspiration?
I’m not immune to celebrities’ charms – I’ve bought way too much makeup based on the airbrushed beauties of Cover Girl – but for some reason they don’t do anything for my workouts. How about you? Matthew McConaughey running on a beach get your heart pumping? In an athletic way?? Or are you more motivated by the hottie curling 40-lb dumbbells across the room?