Body positivity, and why image pressure isn’t just for girls. 

Today I’m going to talk about body positivity. I don’t mean eating burgers all day long and not caring if you’re fat, although if that’s your bag then go for it. 

What I’m talking about is being able to accept that you’re not perfect. Doing the best you can and being the best you can but understanding that not everyone is going to have 10% body fat and a 6 pack you could grate cheese with. 

We hear a lot about the pressures on girls to look a certain way, magazine covers airbrushed to within an inch of their lives, celebrities starving themselves to look a certain way, the holy grail of size zero, the list goes on. The thing is, this idea of having to have the perfect body is not just for the girls. Go to your local magazine rack and look at the men’s magazines, read the newspaper lifestyle columns, look on the internet. I garuntee everywhere you look you’ll see huge pecs, chisled 6 packs, bulging biceps. You’ll read headlines about how to achieve the perfect body, tips on how to gain lean muscle, the story of how the latest celebrity has gained 20kg of muscle for their latest part. 

Apart from this I’m not even going to talk about the multi million £ industry that is men’s fitness products, supplements and clothing. 

Just as body expectations for women in the media are wildly unrealistic the same can be said for the standards set for men. 

The simple fact is to achieve those magazine cover bodies you either need the skills of a talented airbrusher or several hours of gym time or personal training every day. Most of us don’t have that, most of us struggle to workout as much as we can day by day whilst holding down full time jobs and families and so, most of us, don’t have perfect bodies. And that’s ok! 

Personally I’m trying to improve my body, I have Improved my body. But it’s a long, long way from perfect. I don’t have the time to spend 3 hours lifting weights every day, some times I have to eat something that doesn’t necessarily fit my diet plan, and that’s ok. I’m doing the best I can do. 

Every one of us would like to change something about their body, personally I’d like to change a lot, bigger muscles, a leaner torso, skin that tans, some hair would be nice. Some of these things I can change, and some I can’t, the ones I can I’m working on, but I’m not perfect yet, and I never will be. And that’s ok.  

Keep pushing, keep working to be the best you can be, but don’t let anyone, particularly anyone in the media tell you that you have to look a certain way, or that you have less worth if you don’t. 

We aren’t defined by how much we can lift, or how big our biceps are, we are all imperfect, real, human beings. AND THAT’S OK! 

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