By Brooke Retell
Have you ever felt insecure about your body in any way? Have you found yourself scrolling on Instagram or any other platform, looking for some fitness motivation? Sometimes seeing girls with their perfect six-packs, no bloating and toned, free of cellulite bodies can make us feel hopeless. We start to think that maybe if we ate “cleaner” and exercised more, we could also be this perfect every day, in any lighting.
The truth is lighting, angles, and some unnatural flexing can really change the way your body looks. Some fitness bloggers have started to take a self-love and body positive approach on their feeds. These ladies are showing people just how easy it is to “fake” a fitness picture, that nobody is perfect, and you don’t have to have a perfectly toned body to be strong.
“Same girl, same body, same heart,” Ashlie Molstad wrote in the caption of this Instagram post which explains how society has taught people that one of these poses is more beautiful than the other. This #SelfLoveSoldier empowers her followers, and anyone who sees her posts, that it is up to us to love ourselves in any form.
“We need to stop comparing our bodies to people we see in media or real life – yes they are beautiful but you are just as beautiful as them, even if it’s in a different way.” Sara Puhto shows the difference between flexing while standing and sitting relaxed. Nobody should feel insecure with who they are, even while sitting in a bikini. Even for people whom workout and eat healthy, body fat is natural and completely okay.
“Me 1% of the time vs. 99% of the time.”
These side-by-side snaps from a very popular fitness blogger went viral. Anna welcomes her bodies natural shape and says, “How can I be mad at my body for perfectly normal “flaws”?” Because things like belly rolls, cellulite, or stretch marks don’t make you any less strong or incapable of anything you want to do, and are normal and healthy.
“It is what it is.”
Jess kept getting asked how she got rid of cellulite and the truth was, she didn’t. “Regardless of lighting and how I look or what shoes or doesn’t show, I do not think any less of myself!!”
Next time you feel insecure, or find yourself comparing your body to ones you see online, remember that socially conceived “flaws” don’t make you any less strong or beautiful.