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Posted 4 days ago

The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop

darlenabirch:

Fitness magazines don’t help us get fit. Gazing at images of caricatured breasts, buttocks and biceps gives you the impression this is how a fit body should look, that every fit body needs to be shaped in the same vein. Fitness magazines use exactly these images to “inspire” women to look this way. Yet most of us can’t identify with what we are looking at because we don’t believe ordinary us could ever be them. 

[…] What are we teaching our young women who want desperately to believe that they too can be as ripped and shredded? They don’t realize what it takes to look so tight. They want to be there and harm themselves to reach an almost unattainable ideal. When will it be acceptable to lift heavy, building confidence and brainpower while strengthening your body, not concerning yourself with how cute your bottom looks in booty shorts?

[…] Being fit in a functional rather than sexual way means you are entirely capable of being powerful no matter what your height, bust size, shoe size or hair color. You are empowered from the depths of your DNA because you did the work, you earned your place and you walk confidently because of it. A functionally fit You welcomes all sizes, shapes and colors, your boobs and butt are incidental. What we really need to build in the gym is a sense of self and what we are capable of.

AMEN!!! This is EXACTLY what I was trying to say in my blog: http://darlenabirch.tumblr.com/post/92608647128/this-is-why-youll-never-have-a-six-pack. I applaud you The Exercist!!! :-D

@apymag thought you might appreciate this blog :-)

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Posted 4 days ago

The Pornographication of Fitness Needs to Stop

Fitness magazines don’t help us get fit. Gazing at images of caricatured breasts, buttocks and biceps gives you the impression this is how a fit body should look, that every fit body needs to be shaped in the same vein. Fitness magazines use exactly these images to “inspire” women to look this way. Yet most of us can’t identify with what we are looking at because we don’t believe ordinary us could ever be them. 

[…] What are we teaching our young women who want desperately to believe that they too can be as ripped and shredded? They don’t realize what it takes to look so tight. They want to be there and harm themselves to reach an almost unattainable ideal. When will it be acceptable to lift heavy, building confidence and brainpower while strengthening your body, not concerning yourself with how cute your bottom looks in booty shorts?

[…] Being fit in a functional rather than sexual way means you are entirely capable of being powerful no matter what your height, bust size, shoe size or hair color. You are empowered from the depths of your DNA because you did the work, you earned your place and you walk confidently because of it. A functionally fit You welcomes all sizes, shapes and colors, your boobs and butt are incidental. What we really need to build in the gym is a sense of self and what we are capable of.

AMEN!!! This is EXACTLY what I was trying to say in my blog: http://darlenabirch.tumblr.com/post/92608647128/this-is-why-youll-never-have-a-six-pack. I applaud you The Exercist!!! :-D

Posted 5 days ago

Bloated Tummies

therecoveryrun:

Please accept the following: You may also have a distorted view of your body. You may believe your belly is much bigger than it actually is.

  1. If you have any digestion issues (IBS/constipation or other), bloating just happens. It’s the way your body keeps you alive. Be grateful for it. <3 If…

Not to mention that belly pooches can be beautiful and biologically necessary :-) http://darlenabirch.tumblr.com/post/92608647128/this-is-why-youll-never-have-a-six-pack

Posted 5 days ago

healthierstudentlife:

Packing update
I had to push myself to pack the dresses. This summer I’m less ‘toned’ than I was last year. My belly pooch is bigger. A lot of my clothes don’t fit as good anymore as they used to.
Also people reminding me that I look like I gained weight doesn’t really help.
But fuck this shit. I refuse to suffer in the heat because I look differently now. I’m not going to listen to other people opinions on this one, not this time.
I’m going to wear those jean shorts which barely cover my ass and I’m going to rock it.
(what also boosts my confidence to wear those stuff is that I’m going on vacation to a country of which I don’t understand the language, so if anybody is going  to comment on my clothes or body, I’m not going to understand it anyway :D)

Be proud of the pooch :-) http://darlenabirch.tumblr.com/post/92608647128/this-is-why-youll-never-have-a-six-pack

Posted 5 days ago

liveloveliftrun:

 THIS STUPID BELLY POOCH WILL BE THE DEATH OF ME!!! I have random fits about it…I’ve heard it could be genetic but WHY ME?! I work so hard :(

I say there’s nothing wrong with the belly pooch :-) http://darlenabirch.tumblr.com/post/92608647128/this-is-why-youll-never-have-a-six-pack

Posted 5 days ago

Hells yeah

thismakesusfit:

I can see some stomach progress BUT
that lower belly pooch, man!

Any advice? :(

I guess that depends on your definition of “pooch”. It isn’t necessarily a bad thing after all :-) I’ve read (although the article wasn’t academic) that the pooch is a pad of fat that inherently exists to protect our female reproductive organs. My best advice? There’s nothing wrong with your body and I commend you for wanting to be healthier.
http://darlenabirch.tumblr.com/post/92608647128/this-is-why-youll-never-have-a-six-pack

Posted 1 week ago

This is not what healthy looks like

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Posted 1 week ago

The Unrealistic Perception of the Six Pack

darlenabirch:

This is what my body looks like:

image

As you can see, I don’t have a six pack. Looking at the picture above, you may not even realize that I was a Division 1 athlete for the University of Arizona. Why? Because you’re so used to seeing six pack abs on women of countless magazine covers that you…

@fit-fab-fun For a realistic perception on health and wellness

Posted 1 week ago

The Unrealistic Perception of the Six Pack

darlenabirch:

darlenabirch:

darlenabirch:

This is what my body looks like:

image

As you can see, I don’t have a six pack. Looking at the picture above, you may not even realize that I was a Division 1 athlete for the University of Arizona. Why? Because you’re so used to seeing six pack abs on women of countless magazine covers that you…

@gotta-be-skinny-for-me Thought my post might be helpful for your journey towards health and wellness :-)

healthnutritionfitspiration For those looking to get fit, here is some realistic information regarding health and wellness
clockworkbones negativeselfimage Hoping my post will help you love yourself more :-)