Judging a Book by Its Cover

June 19, 2017

I know it has been taught from a young age to "never judge a book by its cover"; but, there comes a time where that mantra gets pushed aside-- and that may be beneficial for you!

 

Why? Because let's be honest, despite what they were taught as preschoolers, people still generate initial judgements based off of external appearances. Doing so doesn't necessarily make someone a bad person (however, making huge ones and refusing to change them does...), it's just natural instinct in a lot of situations. One of those situations? Job interviews! 

 

 

 

 

It is obvious that you should look clean, neat, and put together for a job interview, everyone knows that, but have you ever thought about what a "fit" build can also say to potential employers? 

This is a topic that was brought up among some friends and myself a few weeks ago. While discussing what a friend should wear to an interview, I suggested revealing the "guns" a little bit. My friends were instantly curious as to why I thought that mattered as much as which shoes and what top to wear. My answer surprised them...

 

 

"Because your toned and muscular arms are an example of your discipline..."

 

 

Think about it-- a muscular build doesn't just happen. You cannot acquire muscle definition, size, and tone from just sitting around watching Netflix and eating leftover Chinese food.

 

No-- a fit, muscular body comes from many, many hours/days/weeks/months of hard work, discipline, and focus. It comes from caring about the health and function of your body enough to ensure you are doing and eating the right things for it. it comes from self-control and drive.

 

 

 

 

In a sense, your healthy looking "cover" is like a calling card for your motivation, discipline, and work ethic, so why wouldn't you want to be judged by that? In my opinion, a healthy and fit appearance goes hand-in-hand with a clean and neat appearance; it shows that you aren't a slob and you respect yourself.

**and disclaimer, this does not mean show up at your next big function in a skin-tight shirt, walking around like a macho man...there is a fine line between 'fit and healthy' and 'big and douchey'...**


Another plus of owning up to your healthy lifestyle? It likely has allowed you to feel more comfortable and confident in your own skin! And, you know what they say, confidence radiates-- and which kind of employer would hate to see that in a potential employee?? 

So, I know this is a short one, but I felt the topic was worth bringing to the blog-- just wanted to give some more perspective as to how helping/bettering yourself through health and fitness can really help you!

 

Don't be afraid to show off that hard work sometimes ;) 

 

 

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MARIA'S FITNESS TIPS

#1 

Set goals! Set both long and short-range goals to keep yourself motivated. Be sure that the short-range goals will eventually lead you to your big-picture, long-range ones. Consider them stepping stones on the path towards something bigger.

 

#2

Do what you like to do. Don't just start doing something because everyone else is; find what you truly enjoy and do that. In the end, if you don't have a genuine interest in your workouts and lifestyle, you're going to hinder your progress.

 

#3

Switch things up! I know this may sound kind of funny after just reading #2, but as humans, we can get bored of doing the same thing over and over. As well, our muscles can get "bored" and we can plateau. Do not be afraid to try new things and incorporate change to keep you entertained and your muscles guessing!

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