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first_img Lambert knows it will be hard for outsiders to force their way into established squads in time for the tournament but admits the prospect of a World Cup does give players a spring in their step. “It’s good for the lads who have qualified, first and foremost,” he said. “It’s good for any player to get to a World Cup. The lads that are in contention will hopefully stay fit and healthy and will go. “For their countries it’s great and a great honour to go to the World Cup, especially in Brazil which I think will be a great tournament. “If the lads stay fit and healthy and give me a ticket for the games, I’m quite happy…and my flights – that’s the least they can do!” Benteke, Guzan and Vlaar are Villa’s three most established players expecting to go to Brazil and while the onus is on them to justify their place, Lambert himself has no doubt about their qualities. “They’ve got nothing to prove to me,” he said. “They’re experienced lads. In their own minds they might think ‘this is a big year’ but it was always going to be a big year for any player fighting to get into a World Cup squad. It’s a massive year. “Even lads that haven’t been that involved in the qualifying group, somebody will pop up from somewhere and sneak in. That’s what happens in football.” He added: “I don’t know about our English lads. There’s one or two who are playing really well. “I’m pretty sure Roy’s loyalty…you tend to find the ones who got you there will form the majority of the squad, but you do get one or two who do surface from somewhere. If they can do it, then great. “You can get injuries between now and the end of the season. Things can happen. You’ve just got to hope that your players are on their game and they get looked at or have an opportunity. “It’s a big season for every English player in terms of getting to this World Cup. “It’s good for the Premier League that England have qualified because it takes away a bit of criticism about the number of foreign lads who are playing here so it’s good for England in that way. “For some of the experienced lads it will be their last World Cup so for them, on a personal note, it will be great.” Lambert is assessing Benteke ahead of Villa’s Barclays Premier League clash at home to Tottenham on Sunday after the striker’s recent hip injury. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hopes the incentive of playing at next summer’s World Cup will give his players extra motivation to do well in the claret and blue shirt. Some of Villa’s key men can expect to be on the plane to Brazil with their respective nations next year, with the likes of Belgian striker Christian Benteke, Holland defender Ron Vlaar and American goalkeeper Brad Guzan all staples for their national teams. Villa also have a crop of emerging talent who have outside chances of sneaking in the back door and making it to the finals after Roy Hodgson’s men secured qualification this week, including in-form Englishmen such as Gabriel Agbonlahor and Fabian Delph. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgBY EMMET RUSHE: Instagram and Fitspiration go hand in hand these days.If you have no idea what ‘Fitspiration’ is, it is the fitness styles inspirational ‘memes’ that you will see frequently shared all over social media.These memes are supposed to inspire and also be a call to action for the millions of people on social media. They are the antidote to the super model inspired ‘Thinspiration’ of the 90’s and early 2000’s.Fitspiration will have tag lines like;
‘Strong is the new Skinny’ 
‘Don’t stop until you’re proud’
You don’t get the butt you want by sitting on it’ and 
‘Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated’Fitspiration will have pictures of super-hot models with amazing bodies, 6 pack abs, toned arms and thighs.They will be wearing as little as possible so they can showcase their God and Goddess like physiques, each one tanned and oiled to within an inch of their perfectly whitened teeth. Inspirational……Or is it?What is so different from the ‘Thinspiration’ that they were trying to dispel?Remember the tagline, ‘Strong is the new skinny’, we have all seen it.The initial idea was that getting in shape and hitting the gym will be better for your health than endlessly dieting and starving yourself to try and emulate a supermodels waif like appearance.But somewhere along the way things have gotten out of hand. When you look at the two movements as a whole, there is very little difference.The Fitspiration movement will tell you that they are absolutely about health and they can prove it by the never ending pictures of their meals, smoothies, shakes and gym sessions that they repeatedly post on Instagram.But is this health?They seem to think so.When you look through some of the leading Fitspiration Instagram users, it is more like an advertisement for soft-core adult films. The rules seem to be, wearing as little as possible while either squatting or showcasing your butt to the camera.And you have to squat, because if you don’t squat you can’t get ‘dat ass’ that is the newest fashion accessory.So this brings me back to my original point.Is this actually inspiring you to get in shape and lose weight?Social media is all about being accepted and part of a community.So let me ask you; Do you actually want to create your own Fitspiration, or are you happy to just passively consume someone else’s?We love being associated with these beautiful people but do we secretly hate ourselves for not being more like them?Do you feel bad about yourself when you scroll down your news feed and see their seemingly perfect bodies and lives?Claire Mysko a director at the National Eating Disorders Association had this to say;“Finding a community can be a positive thing.” 

”And there are a lot of people who are really using social media to promote body positivity, body acceptance and the kinds of messages that we feel are more helpful and healthy for folks.”

” Still, “it’s important to be in tune to how much of it you are looking at and how is it making you feel.” Plus, the beauty of Instagram is that it’s a very visual way to check yourself.”

 “If your entire social media feed is filled with dieting and fitness-related messages that might be a signal that you might need to reach out for help or rethink the approach.”

”For some people it can actually be dangerous, and can lead to more extreme behaviour.”On the flipside, if you yourself have dozens of Instagram followers just waiting for your next fitspo picture, remember your own influence.It should be about sending messages that are about body acceptance, and body positivity, versus the ‘not good enough until you get here’, or ‘until you reach this goal’ messages that can be gleaned from some pages.Just ask yourself, ‘how is it making me feel’? 
And if the answer to that is, ‘Well, I feel really bad about myself and I wish I could look like this’, etc., then that’s really a sign that you need to change who you are following.Do what makes you happy. 
And if Instagram and Fitspiration stop being fun, just delete it. Life’s too short.
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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118EMMET RUSHE: ARE INSTAGRAM AND FITSPIRATION AFFECTING YOUR WEIGHT? was last modified: June 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:emmet rushefitness columnInstagramweight issueslast_img read more