At some stage it became unacceptable to admit out loud that one of your big motives for exercising was to look better.
It became something people would fixate and obsess over in their own minds, but would feel embarrassed to voice.
Instead, it became ‘acceptable’ to only point to ‘health’ or ‘fitness’ or ‘happiness’ as the drivers of your exercise.
Now of course, these are noble and important reasons to exercise, and they’re completely valid and crazily important. But sometimes, people fall back on these standard responses when, really, they just want to look better.
And that’s ok.