Why do abs seem to define fitness in 2020?
We see endless images on Instagram of people representing sportswear & supplement companies who are extremely lean - models whose job it is to look a certain way, bodybuilders, people taking steroids & the top 1% of genetic outliers. When this image is repeatedly used by so many fitness companies, I think it clouds our view on what is healthy, what is normal & starts to put this image on a pedestal.
Recently @gymshark posted a photo of a woman who had more body fat than other people they usually post, there was controversy on the post. Some people commented suggesting that it ‘wasn’t fitness’ and didn’t ‘represent the brand’. Which is crazy because they have no idea about her health and fitness levels from looking at 1 photo!
I think it is so important that fitness is inclusive. Everybody is entitled to feel welcome to exercise (this is a given and shouldn’t even need to be stated!!) whether it’s to lose body fat and feel more confident in their fave outfit, to get fitter to run up the stairs at work without getting out of puff, or to give some time to themselves to clear their minds and feel powerful.
Health goes so much further than being lean or having abs. It is complete physical, social and mental wellbeing. And some of the images portraying the supposed ‘pinnacle’ of fitness can be the opposite of this. Being too lean could compromise health, lead to nutrient deficiencies, decrease athletic performance, create disordered eating behaviours, make you tired, moody & even mess with your hormones so much that women can lose their menstrual cycle.
Optimal fitness and health to me means looking after all areas of my life & fitness adding to my life, not controlling it: to move my body and be fit enough to do everything that I want, to use exercise to destress, take time for myself & to feel good & to prioritise time with friends and family & be happy when spontaneous dinner reservations are made😋
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