Is Female Fitness The New Form of Porn?

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Female fitness has slowly taken a dip into the pornography industry. Long gone were the days where women used to wear track pants and an oversized tee shirt to the gym. I mean, who cares what you wear? You’re going to be dripping with sweat, making the most unglamorous faces and noises. Definitely not on the pull.

 

But now, we have taken influences from fitness magazines and social media such as “FEMALEMOTIVATION” on Instagram. Those outfits we donned once upon a time have given way to cute booty shorts and a barely-there sports bra. Never mind the tank top, we’ve tossed that out the window! We’ve been brainwashed to associate gym-wear with the equivalent of getting dressed for the bedroom.

 

But see, here’s the thing. Just because you can fit into those tiny bits of cloth you call clothes doesn’t mean that you’re healthy and fit. What we fail to understand is that these images on fitness magazines and social media aren’t doing anything to help us get fit. Ok, maybe they are a source of motivation for all of a week. You scrutinise every picture of perfect pairs of breasts that were probably handcrafted by a surgeon, well-trained glutes that were achieved by wearing stripper shoes, and a flat toned stomach that was probably the result of a diet that would have made even a monk cringe.

 

Yes, we all want that perfect body but hey! We are only humans, so we resign ourselves to fate and start thinking that we’re never going to look like these women. We are, after all, ordinary.

 

Ordinary girls, like me, have to resort to alternative methods to get thin. Or at least to give the illusion that we’re “fit”.

Have you ever desired to be so thin that you’d take desperate measures? Well, I have. I’ve tried all kinds of diet – maple syrup, 7-day detox (who drinks only milk for the entire day?!), no carbs, etc. I don’t know about you but I like to eat. I’m not even talking about healthy protein (though those are really yummy if you know how to cook them right!), but EVERYTHING. From sushi to pasta to pizza to cakes and chocolates, I’m down for all of it.

 

I even tried not eating and just going on a liquid diet that consisted of yoghurt and pineapple juice. That was great until I walk past a bakery, or have to meet friends for dinner.

 

So I decided to do what every other normal girl would do and turn to pills instead. Slim 10, Panbesy, Duromin… you name it, I’ve tried it. God knows how my liver is still surviving now but it is.

Yes, I basically prostituted myself to the world for them to judge me based on how I looked physically.

 

Then one day I woke up and thought to myself, “Screw all of you. This is me, take it or leave it.”

I have some smarts and a personality that most skinny bitches don’t. Well, that and I realised I wanted to have kids at some point and I want to be healthy enough for that rite of human passage.

 

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So I started eating a little bit healthier while still eating what I want and love anytime I want. Did I mention I joined a gym? Yes, I started going to the gym (to actually work out!) 5 times a week and swimming at least thrice a week.

I’m definitely not skinny or even remotely thin and I’ve grown to accept that I probably never will but I’m ok with that.

 

I feel a whole lot healthier now and I’m learning to come to terms with my physical self.

I still hate those skinny girls who can flaunt their perfect size 6 bodies in a smashing hot bikini but I relish in the fact that my strength now comes from within and not from the acceptance of other people.

 

So use those pictures as an inspiration but know that at the end of the day, the inspiration and motivation is from yourself. 

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