Summer Beach Body Is Postponed Until Further Notice
May has always been a horrible month for women’s self-esteem.
As we swap our heavy winter jackets and puffy sweaters for dresses and tops, we suddenly realise it’s only two months until summer. And we take a good look in the mirror, and it hits us: our bodies are far from being “beach body” ready. Oh no.
We immediately google crazy workout routines and strict detox diets to get that toned, bikini physique we’ve been conditioned to believe is the ONLY acceptable body shape to have on a beach.
The thing is — it’s not.
The term “summer beach body” is just one of many things coined to make us feel insecure about ourselves. And once we feel like that, we’re just easy prey to all the social media fitness gurus and dietoholics that want to sell us their newest book, webinar or useless product.
But for over a year now, it’s safe to say a lot of us stopped caring about something so trivial and underrated. We have bigger worries. You know, with the global pandemic going on and all.
So let’s just boycott the term altogether. Let’s postpone it until further notice. I’m sure we will all be better off without it anyway.
Your body helped you survive the pandemic
This past year hasn’t been the easiest for anyone.
The global pandemic had a massive impact on our lifestyle, well-being and mental health. The latter has unfortunately greatly plummeted during the crisis for a lot of people.
And lately, I’ve seen many people on social media complaining that they need to lose weight to get rid of all of that “quarantine fat”. There is even a new term for gaining extra weight due to the pandemic — quarantine bod.
But i’s completely normal and understandable that we’d get some extra fat during that difficult time. Most of us have been sitting at home for over a year, with little to no exercise and outdoor activity. And many people have been stress-eating as a result of pandemic-related anxiety.
What we need to keep in mind is that our bodies helped us survive an incredibly challenging year. We should NOT self-shame and punish ourselves for things that were out of our control. And instead, we should praise our bodies. They got us through that year. Possibly, one of the most difficult in our entire lives.
Embracing the quarantine bod
The idea that we need to slim down for summer so we can look “good” in fewer clothes was always ridiculous. Who decides on that crap anyway? Women’s magazines? Celebrities? Influencers?
We shouldn’t be listening to unrealistically set expectations from people that are essentially nothing like us. Most of them either get plastic surgeries to achieve that “summer bikini look”, or they have a team of highly qualified, well-paid professionals that decide on a meal plan and workout schedule for them.
Call me a lazy loser, but I don’t have enough money, time or energy to look like what society agreed upon is “perfect”. I’m more than fine with my version of perfect, which includes keeping all of my wobbly bits.
All this fearmongering around food and quarantine weight gain is unhelpful bullshit, and it’s not something you need to buy into.
Quarantine bod is the NEW normal. So let’s proudly embrace it.
No one really cares
Anyhow, what’s the worst thing that can happen when you go on summer holidays, and you think you’re not looking your slimmest or most muscular self?
Some stranger won’t want to have sex with you? Or some other stranger will give you a weird look? Neither is very likely, but these are just the worst-case scenarios.
Newsflash: no one else actually cares how you look in your bikini except YOU.
Most people will be more critical of their own appearance than they are of the way you look like. We are our own worst judges. So don’t let your negative perception of yourself stop you from enjoying your holidays.
And I know this is easier said and done. Sometimes the insecurities can creep back up when we least expect it. But that shouldn’t mean that we have to give up. Body confidence is a journey. So allow yourself some time to get there.
It’s about time we stopped feeding the hungry, fat-phobic billion-dollar diet & wellness beast of an industry that preys off women’s insecurities.
Instead of beating ourselves up for not having the “summer beach body” this year (or any other year to come), let’s be confident and comfortable just the way we are.
And if you want to have a beach body, all you have to do is put on a swimsuit and go to the beach. Voilà. That’s all there is to it.
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