For the women out there who are sick of being body shamed, this ones for you…
- Bikini Body
- Summer Body
- Summer Ready
- Summer Shred
- Beach Body
These words make me cringe. It’s the final countdown to summer here in Australia, and if I see one more of these terms in click bait article headings I think I might just scream! And this is exactly what I want to talk about today. Our society’s unhealthy obsession with quick fixes and sculpted bodies.
Body + Bikini = Bikini Body
Let’s cover off the obvious first. If you have a body and wear a bikini, you have a bikini body. You are summer ready exactly the way you are right at this very minute. Even if you live somewhere where summer isn’t coming for another 6 months! Summer does not have a specific weight requirement. You don’t have to have flat stomach to enjoy the hot weather, or go to the beach or a pool. Summer is a season – not a modelling competition. Period. (also don’t get me started on modelling competitions…).
The unhealthy myth of the quick fix
The terms above all have one sole purpose – to make people feel like crap because their body doesn’t match this ridiculously unachievable and unattainable standard of beauty that our media perpetuates and we continue to allow. I’d even go as far as to say this standard of beauty is undesirable for many too. But if you hear the term “bikini body ready” in a moment of weakness and self-doubt, it can be crushing. I get it – believe me, I’ve been there.
If you have a sculpted body – congratulations. It takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice. And I’m not saying there is anything wrong with having one. But I’d be willing to put my money on the fact that you didn’t get it by following a 14-day fad diet and exercise plan. And this is what grinds my gears the most.
These terms I mentioned above perpetuate an unhealthy myth that we can ignore our health all year round and just spend a few weeks eating minimal calories and slogging it at the gym and we’ll achieve the physique of a Victoria’s Secret model. Let me be the one to officially burst this bubble. It doesn’t work like that, and you shouldn’t be waiting for summer to roll around every year to eat well and exercise.
What we eat and how often we move are cornerstones to good health. Regardless of what your body looks like. It’s all goal related. If you want a flat stomach or J-Lo’s butt, you may very well achieve it through hard work and commitment. But if you don’t want those things, you shouldn’t have to feel bad about it. You aren’t lesser than. And you aren’t uninvited from enjoying summer!
Let’s stop the body shaming, the judging and the glorifying or vilifying people depending on their body shape and size. Instead, let’s celebrate our differences and encourage each other to be our healthiest selves through every season. This bikini body rubbish is not centred around good health, and unhealthy get fit or thin quick schemes need to be banished once and for all! Let’s all agree to NEVER click on a click bait article that mentions bikini bodies again!
A body for every season
So let me be the first to say that I don’t want a summer body. I want a body that carries me through every season. I want my body, just the way it is. I eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise regularly because I love my body. Not because I hate it. I love my lumps, bumps and cellulite and I’m 100% ok if I never see an ab on my body, ever. Because I have other priorities (read: chocolate in moderation). So whilst my body might not be sculpted, you for damn sure will find me enjoying the sh*t out of summer. But just not in a bikini – because my rashie is my best friend #sunsmart.