If you want the body of a god, your search might lead you to a few different answers and solutions. You might get results for faith-based weight loss sites and, if you’re lucky, a blurry video featuring the “super ‘hot’ Jeff Godbod”. Of course, if you’ve ever found yourself admiring the lean and rounded muscles of Greek statues, or the rounded and slim thighs of ballerinas, the god-bod is definitely for you.
The three graces’ bodies are a realistic goal for beginners who just started their fitness journeys. With minor adjustments to your current lifestyle, the slim, yet curvy look is easily achievable. When you’re aspiring toward the body of a goddess, it’s ideal to focus on leaning out your waist while having strong and rounded limbs.
The Greek and Roman representations of women, barring the pregnant ones, are of slim-waisted and flat-bellied women. This figure is often a sign of somebody who eats a fibrous and primarily vegetable-based diet with lots of good fats.
When consumed in moderation, good fats help process other foods that you eat. They also keep your skin and hair moisturized, shiny, and healthy. A great tummy is all about what you eat! What’s more, good fats are necessary for digestion. Dress your salads with some coconut oil, olives, or chia seeds. Chia seeds are my favorite add-in, because they offer additional protein and fiber, and they can absorb TONS of water. Protein is useful if you want the long and lithe limbs of a statuesque Greek goddess.
Rounded limbs are created through exercise. Don’t get disheartened if you gain a little weight during your first two weeks of exercise. Brawn weighs more than paunch. The more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism! Firm limbs are the sure-fire mark of the god-bod. It’s your backup plan if you’re like me and tend to skip out on the gym from time to time. To get rounded muscles, don’t be a gym rat. Focus on one muscle group a day, do about 3-5 sets of 10 reps per exercise, and couple your resistance training with 20 minutes of high-intensity interval training. Do that 3-4 times a week and maintain a moderately active lifestyle. You’ll be well on your way to having the body of a goddess in no time.
While long, beautiful, and top-knotted hair can certainly be seen on both bearded hipsters and ancient statues alike, the only thing missing is the shredded six pack of Greek gods. It’s a bit harder to achieve a plump, yet muscly god-body. The main goal for the male god-bod is to build up a solid muscle base. To create a rounded muscle base, you’ll need to patiently increase your strength over time. Rather than performing high-rep and low-weight exercises, heavier weights and fewer reps will give you the results you’re looking for. A bit of work might be required before you can show off your god bod, but you can always “PumpUp” your progress pics by sharing your journey with a supportive community.
High protein diets are tremendously helpful for building muscle, but your body may only be able to absorb up to 8 grams of protein per an hour. Pushing in protein powder is not recommended. Eat your protein in moderation by adding a cup of kale or a few ounces of pumpkin seeds to your diet. Abs are made in the kitchen. There is no way Krishna got those arms on Krispy Kremes and creamy curries. Add protein into your pre and post workout regimen— it’s indispensable.
A god-bod also requires extra attention to detail. Though you’ll need to target your main muscle groups with weights, remember to work those tiny muscles too. Rock-climbing, bicycling, or any fun outdoor activity can help you to fill in the spaces of your god-bod. These activities are also useful if you, like me, love ice cream a little bit too much.
Forget the dad-bod. Go full throttle and get the god-bod. Have your best body ever, and don’t tell yourself that you can’t throw lightning bolts!
About the Author
Mary Grace lives in the beautiful Boise, Idaho. She loves hiking, skiing, and repairing vintage bicycles. If you have any comments or questions about what she has written up above, please feel free to tweet her @marmygrace, or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.