As a fitness and health blogger, I feel a lot of pressure to have a perfect body and be constantly ‘on’ healthy mode. It seems like the most successful online fitness personalities are those with six packs, in the UK particularly, with instagram selfies of toned abs displayed under lifted up tops.
My tummy is not Instagram ready; no amount of filters will remove my slight muffin top and perhaps my likes and follower number reflect this. I share real life, the failed workout or the miserable run, the cake and Prosecco that I enjoy with friends.
At a recent press event, I was embarrassed to have to request a large top, and despite wearing their largest sizes, I felt uncomfortable in the tight outfit. I feel embarrassed when PR’s ask me what size clothes I wear, having to ask for an M rather than the sample size S, as if they might change their mind about working with me once they know my real size.
But I am fit, I am healthy. I do believe I am a good role model. I eat well, I workout and I enjoy an achievable balance in my life. In reality, getting a six pack is not all that healthy for most people. This interesting article outlines why having a six pack does not necessarily make you an authority on healthy living, and I couldn’t agree more.
The strict eating and exercise regime that most people would need to follow in order to achieve these dream abs is unrealistic, and in my opinion, not particularly good for you. Here’s a brilliant infographic on the true cost of getting lean.
However, this doesn’t stop me feeling envious, I feel like a lesser fitness blogger because I don’t have perfect abs. I wear loose tops both to the gym and when I’m not wearing lycra to cover up the area I’m most self-conscious of. I saw some photos of myself that aren’t particularly flattering, and I want to feel confident and comfortable on holiday this summer.
My stomach is my problem area, and it needs addressing. Over the next few weeks I’m going to be cleaning up my diet during the week (inspired by Ashley’s latest post), and working hard with the Trube trainers to target my core- not to get a six pack, or a ‘bikini body’, but to regain body confidence.