Week before last I spent a day and a half working on a photo shoot for Lucy brand sportswear. I was hired as a "technical consultant": i.e., someone to make sure the models got into viable poses and with good form. My friends now call me the body wrangler. Fun excuse to re-arrange some clients and spend some time outdoors in one of Norcal's more beautiful spots: Inverness and Pt. Reyes Station. The shoot was for the fall/holiday brand campaign, and they set up yoga, lifestyle, and nature shoots in addition to the fitness set-ups. Of course the lighthouse was a location, but I thankfully didn't work that shot because the winds were record high and the afternoon was cut short. The abandoned boat is always a favorite. . .
As you can imagine, the makeup and hair pros were tasked with keeping the models' look natural. These are Lucy girls today, and they work out and live actively, let's remember. And the talent manager mentioned how they'd cast athletic girls. . .I knew from the production schedule the girls' heights and sizes, details provided so the stylist would be ready for possible alterations. Five foot nine and a size 2, you shouldn't be surprised to learn, is considered athletic in the modeling world.
The house they'd rented as home base for the crew was pretty sweet. The Deer Park Ranch is ultramodern and pristine and ready for your private rental. First I thought the pool adjacent to the eating area was for mood only, and extended out into the deck for design appeal. Silly me -- it was a one lane lap pool. We used the outside decks for the strength training shots.
I'd had some very cool conversations with different members of the crew during the job. And cute boy from L.A., who was running the production, proudly referred to his success at casting athletic models when he was asking about my work. And the notion of perspective immediately came to mind. We all operate with our own point of view, and I believe it is the evolved person who can truly consider another's. What's your idea of athletic and healthy? I think of the women in my classes -- some over 50, and without perfectly toned arms, who kick butt around the block every time. I also think of the 30-something moms who knock themselves out to get back into the hot jeans asap, as well as the woman struggling with mental health issues who needs her workouts to help manage her depression.
I consider exercise a lifeline, and it's free. I think more people should exercise regularly. I also think women are bombarded with unrealistic images they decide they need to copy. I think obese people can't feel very good, and they're insides aren't healthy, but we can't talk bout that so much, and isn't "fat acceptance" and empowerment a good thing? Girls diet as young as age 10. Overweight boys don't know how to talk about it. American's as a whole are fatter and unhealthier and eating more sugar than ever before. . .throw a rock on Google and find your favorite source. And plastic surgery? Shoot. I'm tired of fake boobs. When will the paradigm shift occur? We are crazy about our bodies and I wish us all a dose of good health and serenity.
And I hope you like the Lucy posters when you're in-store. The models really did look good :)
I never buy the Marin IJ. I just don't. Occasionally I'll glance at the "In Your Town" section when I see it lying around at work, but that's about it. But day before yesterday on a gas station run, I decided to buy that paper. I'm not even sure why. And there, on page A8, was some of the most exciting, positive news I'd read in any paper in a long time: "15 Minutes of daily exercise a benefit." With a fresh voice and direct message, Alicia Chang of the Associated Press was telling people to not "despair if you can't fit in the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise. Growing evidence suggests that even half that much can help." And luckily she goes on to say you can't slack off (!)
Bodies weren't designed to be sedentary. Modern society works against us. You may live an active lifestyle and have fit friends, but the majority of Americans are not. Although established fitness guidelines by the World Health Organization and many others recommend at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily, it is encouraging to see the results from a Taiwanese study. People can lead a longer life by exercising just 15 minutes per day.
Some people are daunted at the thought of joining a health club. Others, such as the obese or de-conditioned, might feel overwhelmed at the thought of going from no exercise at all to a full 30 minutes. It's good news but no surprise to those of us who have been preaching the exercise word for years: some movement is better than none; and not only is 15 minutes better than none, turns out it might be much better for you than you would've thought. Spread the good feelings that exercise brings, and grab a friend that might need some encouragement and head outside for a brisk walk or hike. . .both are free and easy to do at any level.
Oh, and maybe I don't buy the IJ because they over-edit their AP stories. The link above is to the full article as it ran on Huffington Post.
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