Commercials often tell us we can improve ourselves from the outside. Rub this cream on. Put that waist trimmer or brace on. Get this procedure done. Those things only work as long as they’re on you. What happens when you stop using cream, braces, or trimmers? Gravity takes over.
It should be clear that changing from the outside doesn’t really work.
Changing from the inside is what counts.
If you desire soft, supple skin, proper hydration, and a proper diet, help more long term as creams and lotions. In fact, most of the cosmetics we use are more widely tested on rabbits than on human subjects. When I earned my undergrad degree in biology, I made extra money as a test subject to see if certain cosmetics caused allergic reactions on human skin. The allergic reaction was what the companies were most concerned about!
A flat stomach looks excellent, but a strong, stable core to support that stomach is even better. When you work to stabilize and strengthen your core, you develop a center that provides lifelong protection for your back. On top of that, you might earn a six-pack.
Building overall muscle by resistance training becomes more critical as we age. Yes, when you lift weights, you do it from the outside. However, the act of resistance training stimulates changes at a genetic level. Those changes improve our overall health and physical appearance. Improved muscle mass improves metabolism, posture, and overall health.
Consider committing to a more nutritious diet and a comprehensive exercise program whenever you think about buying a device, procedure, or cosmetic product to enhance your looks. Because those choices will change you from the inside out.
And as the old saying goes, “it’s what’s inside that counts.”