# Functional Fitness

## What is the Divine Proportion?

In Observations on December 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Why should I care?

Also known as the Golden Ratio, the Divine Proportion is a balance or fraction occurring in nature and design which is both aesthetically appealing and functional. The actual number is 1.618… and this number goes on forever. The divine proportion is geometric relationship that is seen in nature, art, and even modern design.

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The easiest way to think of the golden ratio is to think of you new flat screen TV. Remember TVs used to be square, then flat screen TVs came out and TVs were no longer square, they were longer in the width direction than they are tall. Did you ever wonder why new TVs and Movie Theater screens are shaped the way they are? New TVs advertise a 16:9 aspect ratio; this aspect ratio is just more aesthetically pleasing. Now when you see an old square television it just does not look right. If you have a newer TV measure the width then the height and divide the width/height and I bet you get very close to the number 1.618. Another simple example of the golden ratio in modern design is a credit card. Why are they not square? If you want more information on the number I suggest you check out the golden number.

OK so what does this have to do with working out and living a healthy lifestyle? Well, this number has fascinated some of the greatest minds, mathematicians, artist and architects for thousands of years; one of the most famous people associated with the number is Leonardo da Vinci. One of Leonardo’s most famous drawings (our logo) is the Vitruvian Man. The Vitruvian Man is drawn to the “ideal proportions” of man and most of these idea proportions are derived from the golden ratio or divine proportion. For a lot of fascinating information about the Vitruvian Man Drawing, including the translation of the words at the top and bottom of the drawing visit the Wikipedia page

We chose Divine Proportion for our name because that’s what we strive for, that “ideal” proportion in our bodies and lives. Proportion by definition means balance or symmetry. As we get out of shape our bodies are no longer in proportion. Let’s be honest, being fat is not beautiful nor is it functional. The farther we get from the “ideal” proportion the harder our bodies work just to accomplish small everyday tasks (like walking up stairs). When your body is in proportion you look your best and your body will function efficiently, you will be less prone to injury or sickness, and you will feel much better about yourself.

The best thing about striving for the “ideal” proportion is that it accommodates your body type. You don’t need to strive for an ideal weight you need to strive for body proportion. Think shoulder to waist ratio (for men), the V look that all men want. Or think upper body to lower body proportion, no chicken legs! The ideal proportion is based on you and you alone. So whether you are “big boned” (a larger frame) or you have a small frame it is all about achieving your own “ideal” proportion.

What are you waiting for? Now is the time to get back to our ideal proportions.  We are here to help. We will frequently update this blog with information on diet, work outs, and other necessary information related to a greater lifestyle!