Why it’s important to focus on not conforming to body standards

November 25, 2015

Raise your hand if you feel like you’ve ever tried to conform to societies “body standards”.

*Raises hand*

You may be wondering what I even mean. Okay, lets chat real quick and have a little history lesson. Don’t exit the page yet, hear me out. This post/video actually has a wonderful representation on the ideal body standards throughout the years which you should watch.

But, here’s a quick little overview:

  • 1837-1901: full-figured, cinched waist
  • 1920: flat chest, downplayed waist, boyish figure
  • 1930-1950: hourglass figure, large breasts, slim waist
  • 1960: thin, long legs, adolescent physique
  • 1980: athletic and curvy, tall
  • 1990: extremely thing, androgynous
  • Today: flat stomach, “healthy” skinny, large breasts and butt, thigh gap

Do you see where I’m getting here? Societies “ideal body standards” change almost every year or decade. THEY ARE ALWAYS CHANGING. Which is why, YOU should NOT change who you are in order to try and fit into the “standards”.

I mean, I get it. It’s easy to be swayed by what is in right now. Seeing all of these “fitspo” accounts, shredded physiques, huge asses, basically porno images that look like your ideal body – it’s easy to be influenced. What people don’t realize it a lot of things go into those photos you see online. First of all, they’re probably photoshopped. You’d be surprised at how many girls photoshop their images to make their butt look 10x bigger than it is, which is sad because they already look great. Butt implants are apparently the new thing these days. Same with breast implants (which yes, I have them, and I am happy with my decision to get them BUT it wasn’t to fit in). Not only that, but physique-enhacing drugs are also VERY, very common in the fitness industry, and no one really talks about it. I mean, why would they, right? A lot of girls who are completely shredded are also not healthy. They may do hours of cardio a day, eat practically no calories, have messed-up hormones, no sex drive, isolate themselves from friends and family, and use squeems and crazy things of that nature.

Now, I’m not bashing anyone. Heck, I have breast implants and I compete in bikini competitions. There are a ton of positives to competing and I love it. Yes, it isn’t healthy to stay that extreme for a long period of time, which is why you should be having “off season’s” to get back to some normalcy. Just like other sports, you must train and do what you have to do to compete and try to win. Look at Olympic athletes, they train all day (not saying you should of course, just an example). So obviously I’m all for competing if you’re doing it the right way, for the right reasons. I’m just trying to shed some light on the behind-the-scenes that may not be talked about, or that other people may not be aware of.

With anything, it’s important to focus on what YOU want. Don’t be swayed by what society says is “in” these days. Who cares if the Kardashians get a shit-ton of plastic surgery, that doesn’t mean you have to. Maybe you don’t want a muscular physique, or a huge butt. Maybe you do want more muscle and bigger delts. Maybe you don’t. Train the way you want to train for the physique that you want.

I think people tend to forget what they really want and where they are happiest. It’s also important not to forget the whole point of fitness – to be healthy. Everyone’s “healthy” is different, so make sure you find where you are healthiest and happiest living the life you enjoy.

 

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BE YOUR BEST SELF.

 

Have you ever felt pressured by societies body standards?

Any tips you have for others who may feel pressured?

 

5 Comments
    1. I think it’s important to do what makes you happy. This is such a wonderful post, Brittany, and so true. Body standards have changed so much and there should not be a reason to try and obtain an exact measurement or amount. It will not provide you anymore happiness.

    1. I could not agree with this more! I think it’s important to know how you want to feel, want to look, etc. because in the end you’re the one who has to be happy with what you see back in the mirror…not the rest of the world!

    1. I loved this post Brittany! If we try to look like what society says is “perfect” we will wind up going to unhealthy measures to make ourselves look different. It’s important to work towards the body that YOU want, not what society tells you that you should look like.

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