The Pursuit of ‘Happiness’: Chasing the “Perfect” Body

I am very much into the whole idea of Active Living, healthy eating and just leading a clean, full and happy life. And as I had said in a post before, it takes a certain degree of obsession (and I speak for myself here) to keep motivated and determined to continue living this way until it’s basically second nature. Until you don’t even have to make a conscious effort to remember to exercise, or to grill your meat rather than fry it and so on.

I am also crazy about exercise…about moving and keeping active. For me, sitting still for a period of time makes me feel like I’m wasting time. Unless of course I am watching one of my favourite TV programmes, I cannot just be still watching TV for hours on end. I have to move, play a sport, go to the gym, read a book…something to keep my body and/or my mind active. Yes, as you can see, a little bit of obsession plays a role. But it’s a healthy obsession…an obsession that fuels motivation.

And then you get that type of obsession where somebody is striving for a specific goal. But that goal is rooted in achieving a certain image portrayed by society as sexy, beautiful and what a girl and/or guy should look like. There is a certain perception of what the ‘perfect’ body should be.  And some of these perceptions are down right scary. People are doing some crazy things like crash diets and all kinds of “miracle” cures that will give you instant desired weight loss results in a short space of time. Someone somewhere claims they have found the magic silver bullet. And hey, some of these work. For a while…in the short term. But as we all should know, in the long run, these solutions aren’t sustainable and cause more damage to your body.

So, going back to the “perfect” body. I am a follower of BodyRock.tv (heard of them? Go and check out their site. And try out some of the exercises if you dare!!). I follow their blog (The Daily Hiit Blog) and came across this similar discussion. This relentless desire to attain the “perfect” body.

What does it mean to be skinny?

What does it mean to be skinny? Picture courtesy of The Daily Hiit Blog

These are the five traits identified by Rachael Wright as the ultimate physical characteristics many want to attain as they continue to chase the “perfect” body. Perhaps you have heard of a few of them…the thigh gap seems to be the most popular these days.

Collar Bones: Is this really necessary for a perfect body? Apparently so. Protruding collar bones have somehow made it onto the ‘must-have’ list for a “perfect” body. Really?! Can anyone say “anorexia”?

Big Boobs: This is an old age must-have. I guess it’s a personal decision when it comes to implants and the like. But being confident, comfortable and okay in your own skin, small or big boobs…you still rock!

Flat Stomach: Another that has long been an absolute must-have. I’ve actually given up on doing crunch after crunch and have found that you get better results by learning to engage your abs in every single type of exercise you do. From arm exercises, to legs and cardio. Strengthen your core…focus on whole body exercises. Aim to lose belly fat.

Hip Bones: Yes. Like the collar bones, your hip bones are considered sexy if we can see them spiking out. Again, Can anyone say “anorexia”?

Thigh Gap:  According to research that Wright conducted, it all has to do with the pelvic structure. “A loose pelvis is what creates the thigh gap. If you have a tight one, not so much.” So stop trying. Just focus on health and being fit.

How can perfection equate to protruding bones and gaps in your body?

Sometimes you can be really amazed at some of the things that people will do.

Well…until the next post; keep healthy. Stay fit. Take care! 🙂

 

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