Editor's Letter

May 15 – The Body Issue

Let me hear your body talk...


I’ve never been, in particular, all about being ‘fit’. By either definition.

Firstly, I’m quite lazy. Secondly, I don’t believe that having a ripped, muscular body will make me ‘fit’ in the sense of it making me attractive. So I’ve just plodded along – sometimes literally – as I am.

While I’ve never been particularly fat, I’ve certainly been significantly large at times, and I’m definitely more than a little bit wobbly now. I could spout some life-affirming ‘meme-esque’ quote about loving yourself, and all that palaver, but if you don’t already, you’re most likely not going to listen.

As I write this, I’ve started a ‘detox’. After I agreed to said detox, I was told it would include a ‘work out’ three times a week. We’ll see about that. But the point is, I’m willing to make a change – and not because I want to have a summer body or washboard abs. I just don’t want to go up another size in trousers. Why’s that? That’s a state of mind, surely. Because I’m not influenced by bodies on billboards, posters or magazines. And neither should you be…

Everyone has their body issues, and that’s what we’re looking at this month, in an in-depth GT survey, as well as several features focusing on other body parts rather than just your torso.

Of course, the other significant change you could – or should – be contributing to this month is more political than physical, with the General Election looming. Slightly condescending, I apologise, but please vote. You have no right to complain if things don’t go your way, otherwise. And then we’re hopefully one step nearer towards one of us at least being in better shape…