Not a day goes by when you don’t hear about someone struggling with body image issues. As a personal trainer I hoped that the fitness industry would be a safer place, geared towards helping people escape the confines of body shape shaming. I thought that at the gym we wouldn’t cram people into unachievable stereotypes.
Although there are places in the fitness industry that are free of such things, much of the industry is still so caught up in how fitness can make you look and how popular you can become rather than how it can make you feel happy, strong and in control of life.
Who’s to blame for this?
It can’t just be the fault of average Joe or Jane who’s sitting there thinking their not good enough just because their waist isn’t as slim as Kylie Jenner’s or their body fat isn’t as low as Paige Hathaway’s.
So therefore by reasons of logic it has to be something else.
The average person is bombarded by a plethora of products and imagery from places such as supplement companies, fitness magazines, Instagram or fitness models and other such personalities in the fitness industry. These platforms have been directed by the marketing companies behind them and from them we are given in part the standard for most of these ludicrous body image ideals.
Body image ideals that had me throwing up for 7 years, thinking that I had to be what they were selling me. These unrealistic stereotypes that harm hundreds of males and females, young and old the world over.
Being exposed to so many suggestive media outlets that present unrealistic body images impacts the way in which we all end up looking at our own bodies.
Just like the expression “Is the glass half full or half empty” people have begun to view their bodies in a way in which negative attributes are seen before positive ones.
That’s if the positive ones are seen at all.
Fortunately there are a few things you can do to reduce and rewind the impact of having the way you view your body negatively influenced. First off is get rid of what ever exposure you have to unrealistic body image ideals.
Don’t buy rubbish magazines, unfollow trashy “fitness” models and follow some health related accounts
Stop with the scales and the progress pictures and last of all set aside some time to stand in the mirror and say out loud things you like about your body.
You could even stick post it notes of positive affirmations about you and your bangin’ body to your mirror
Simple I know, but effective.
The reality is that if you can look flawless after a supposed 2 hour workout then you’re either not doing it right or you are just not being real.
For the majority of these trashy fitness Instagram pics to be produced they use: Supplements, lighting, special angles and tonnes of make up create the allusion of perfection in a candid manor.
Something that is so unattainable the average person that it’s just not fair.
Not to mention that if your pushing a particular body type ideal, take for example a thin waist and the waist trainer movement, then you’re failing to acknowledge that the world has a million beautiful body types. Just because you don’t fit a stereotype doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful. In fact if we all looked the same where would the excitement be in life. Wide hips, big thighs, small breasts, small arms and belly fat.
Are all things that set you apart.
It’s okay to want to make changes. Progression is part of life, but be okay with being who you are now.
Have courage to work on what you can change, to accept the things you cannot and to love yourself for who you are right now. If you’d like some help with a negative body image feel free to reach out, to me through Letters to Corey’s email – or to someone else you trust.