Get the “Perfect Body” Pressure Out of Your Head

By October 21, 2016Think

There’s no such thing as a perfect body, anyway.

What comes to mind when you hear the words “perfect body”? Do images of what you consider a “perfect body” pop in your head? Do you ponder your own body’s imperfections? Do you consider the media’s pressure to look a certain way?

When I think about the perfect body concept, I think about how ridiculous it truly is. There is no such thing as a perfect body; it’s completely subjective. We all have our opinions on what we believe looks good and doesn’t look good. And the people who look perfect to you could probably point out a few things they would change about their own bodies. No matter how hard we try, we are all going to criticize ourselves.

Getting the perfect body pressure out of your head is definitely easier said than done. From TV shows to movies to commercials to magazines and everything else, the pressure to look fit and lean is all around us. Models and actresses with million dollar figures and men with huge biceps are “#goals”.

People are looked down upon and thought to be of less worth if they don’t meet society’s standards. However, we are imperfect beings. We do not have to be perfect. We just need to be the best versions of ourselves we can be. Perfection will never be reached no matter how hard we try. If we were perfect, then what would be the point of practice or determination? There would be no joy in accomplishment or achievement. I don’t know about you, but I am a very determined person who enjoys working hard to reach my goals.

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 I would much rather be imperfect and build character through hard work.

Why then, do we put so much pressure on ourselves to be perfect? More specifically, if it is impossible to have a perfect body, why do we put so much emphasis on it? 

There is an evident importance to being healthy. However, you can be perfectly healthy and not look like a body builder. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look a certain way or have a fit physique. We’re all a little bit vain. The problem begins when we start loving ourselves less just because we are unable to achieve our “perfect body”. We must also refrain from becoming obsessed with the way we look. Living a healthy and active life should be sustainable.

When we think about the perfect body, we often think about one body. However, every body is unique, and trying to make it look like another is often fruitless and unhealthy. Each one of us has traits and qualities that make us different from anyone else. I don’t have to have a perfect body, but my body is perfect for me. I choose to exercise and maintain a healthy weight for me, but I will not be influenced by the labels and pressures society puts on me to look a certain way. I will never look like a Victoria’s Secret model because that’s simply not the way my body is built. 

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When we try our best to have the dream body we envision, why are we doing it? To be more attractive? To be acceptable to society? To look good for a big event? Leading a healthy lifestyle should not be sought in order to receive someone else’s approval. Rather, it’s something you should do because you want to be healthier. Because no matter what we do, no matter how “perfect” of a body we have, someone else will probably have a negative opinion of us.

If you are happy with your body, you shouldn’t care one bit what someone else has to say about it! If you love your fitness routine, the food you’re eating, and the relationships you have in your life, that should be good enough.

Choose to eat healthy and exercise to keep your body feeling and looking good. Be a good friend, be of service to others, and be happy. Love yourself and love your body. You only get one, and it’s perfect just the way it is!

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Author Caitlin Whitmire

Caitlin is a sophomore at the University of Central Arkansas studying Dietetics. She is from a little town in Arkansas called Strawberry. Caitlin is in the process of becoming Nutrition and Wellness Consultant Certified. She enjoys cooking, baking, and anything outdoors. Instagram: healthycait

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