Feeling contradictive and hypocritical in the fitness industry.

For a while now, the last few years to be exact, I’ve been uncertain of where I fit in the fitness industry. What message I want to get out there. I’ve felt for some time like I couldn’t voice my opinion on topics without coming across hypocritical, or without contradicting myself. So, I’ve decided that’s changing as of now and I want your guys thoughts!

I used to worry SO much about what people would think of me on social media. If people thought I was cringe or narcissistic. I stopped posting on insta-stories in fear of being judged and out of embarrassment, nothing else. I do go through phases where I will have time off social media. For a long time I was consistent and on top of posting. I enjoy posting content which is going to help people, that’s why I do my job. I genuinely just love helping people.

What message are you putting out there on social media?

There was a comment made to me once, in a sarcastic tone, that I thought I was a ‘blogger’. I’m not saying that this comment was meant in a horrible way but that’s how it came across. More of an attack on my personal enjoyment rather than any form of banter. Of course, at the time, I laughed and shrugged it off. It played on my mind for a while and really made me second guess everything I posted online. Mainly out of fear of people thinking I was stupid or annoying.

I love the fitness industry and the opportunities it has given me over the years to help people become stronger and more confident. But I feel like there is a HUGE elephant in the room at times so it’s time to address it.

Every body is beautiful!

Mental health and wellbeing is so important to me. After struggling with an eating disorder it really changed the way I viewed the health and fitness industry. I wanted to promote body positivity and that every body is beautiful. However, (this is where I find myself being contradictive) I do believe that you should look after your body by being a healthy weight.

I’m every girls hype girl! I love it when girls have the confidence in an outfit which I never would, a new hair colour every week, starting their own business from scratch, I am there in the background shouting about it. I do feel, even if you are the most confident person in the world, and you love every inch of yourself, your health should also be a priority.

Body rolls are NORMAL!

Yes, rolls are a normal bodily thing, we all have them no matter what size we are. Cellulite is normal. Body hair is normal. I’m not saying being overweight isn’t normal, but for your long term health it isn’t healthy. You put yourself at risk of so many more diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes the list could go on. I’m also not saying that these things will 100% happen, there is just a higher chance, medically speaking.

I support the saying ‘just because you have fat, doesn’t mean that you are fat’ because we ALL have fat, FACT. It’s essential to live but too much fat, puts too much pressure on your internal organs and also your mood! I actually hate the word ‘fat’ and when people call others fat. I just hate that generalisation! You never know what is going on in someones life so just be mindful before you call someone a horrible name.

Looking after your health and being a healthy weight is also self love.

I really don’t want this post to come across as ‘fat shaming’ because that’s not the case at all. As I previously mentioned, I think it’s an inspiration that women love themselves no matter what size or shape they are, sorry to keep repeating myself but I just want to emphasis that.

In simple terms, I support self love and acceptance. However, looking after your body and being a healthy weight is also self love isn’t it? I also love that companies have changed their mannequins in store to fit a more curvy physique, promoting strength and performance rather than basing everything on aesthetic goals. I am ALL about that! Focusing on goals which improve your lifestyle and wellbeing. Of course, physique is an added extra, but it’s doesn’t have to be the main focus.

‘Beauty comes from within’

Can you see why I feel like a hypocrite now?! This is why I’ve struggled with posting. I’ve been trying to figure out how to go about promoting self love whilst also being a healthy weight. Focusing on exercising for goals other than just the way you look. As the old saying goes ‘beauty comes from within’.

So, that’s pretty much everything. I’d love to know what you guys think and feel about this topic too! Please do leave a comment below, I can’t be the only one thinking this?!

Love V x

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