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Deep Thoughts From Matthew McConaughey

OK, so I am not sure Matthew McConaughey is one for giving advice on how to live your life, but let's face it, the man is ridiculously fit. I am loving his interview in Men's Health magazine and I especially love his mellow outlook on working out and being healthy. He said:

There are some people who are so strict that they become a slave to their healthy lifestyle, a slave to working out, a slave to eating just the right foods. I've seen it happen to other people, and I'm guilty of going overboard with it. And when you do, man, you're no frickin' fun at all. You have to be more flexible and enjoy having things. I'm not going to a friend's barbecue and say, 'I'm gonna stick to salad.' Who's gonna enjoy that? Lighten up! It's your lifestyle, not your life.

I'm actually taking this advice to heart because I sometimes find myself in that super-crazy health mode that's truly "no frickin' fun" — who knew he was so insightful?

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EatYourVeggies EatYourVeggies 9 years
He's right. It's much easier to be positive and get fit when you aren't ultra-concerned with keeping to such a rigid standard.
gumdrops334 gumdrops334 9 years
I know this is a little off topic, but Matthew McConaughey is HOT! Sorry, just had to add that :)
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
He's 100% correct! Once you ban yourself from everything than it makes you crave it even more. It's about moderation and if you happen to eat too much at a party, just exercise it off the next day!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Uh, barbecue can be healthy, depending on what's on the grill. Grilled fish or chicken breast is awesome. Well, whatever. I got distracted by that. :P
xrawk_starrx xrawk_starrx 9 years
Deep thoughts from Matthew McConaughey? How ironic.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
Oh yeah, I've definitely been in that mindset before! It is all about having a lifestyle, just like he says.
jennjennnbubba jennjennnbubba 9 years
yes mr. mcconaughey, you bring such valid points to my hot flashes :O
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I get that way sometimes too...I'll be working out and my husband will try to talk to me or something and I just yell at him because he's interrupting me or whatever. I sometimes do need to tell myself to just lighten up sometimes!
katie_c katie_c 9 years
it goes along with the age old saying "everything in moderation." perhaps a bbq today and then a salad tomorrow. balance it out to a level of comfort that suits you. i'm a runner but i don't kill myself for missing a day or even two in a row. i like to enjoy my exercise and i can't do that if i become a slave to it. not cool.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I agree too! He couldn't have been more to the point :)
syako syako 9 years
That is insightful. And I totally agree with him. I've found that when my "health" goals are rooted more in accomplishing things like running a 10K or being able to hold a plank for a certain amount of time, I'm much more positive and happy than when I'm trying to "lose 5 pounds"
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