Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Womens health and body building

In the good old days you would see the competitions where men compete on TV, lifting everything from the heaviest objects ranging to the weirdest that the organizers could find. i have to admit as a child i was intrigued by them and would watch from beginning until the end. But what about this new seemingly underground phenomena brought to the surface by the all magnifying effect of the internet in recent years. Women bodybuilding, good for the image of womens health or extreme beauty make over yet again?  So what is the attraction for women to get into body building after decades of high profile promotion as a mans sport and what is the difference between women body building, extreme makeovers and womens health.

Depending on who you talk to you will get very different views about women bodybuilding and whether this is actually healthy or not. Often things that are healthy in the first levels can easily become addictive and go too far in a path that leads to things that are less healthy and quite extreme. Fueled by the needs of conforming to a group, exchanging personal wishes for expectations that come in from the outside. Asserting control where there might be a loss of this feeling, possibly through conforming but also any number of other things happening around us on a day to day basis. In many ways we are a society built on perfection that is a stress factor because we can never be this ideal, its unreachable for many. Starting with someone who would like to be healthy. Bring together factors of giving up personal power for conforming, a need for control and perfectionism. Suddenly you have a completely different animal on your hands. This animal will go to all lengths to achieve a desired outcome that is somehow unreachable.



Take this new phenomenan that fit is the new thin, it promotes something healthy but maybe for the wrong reason. Thin was the old way women could conform to a very strong expectation from society  to be feminine, fit with fashion and now being fit is the new thing. The stopping point is different for many and the motivations that drive can be more or less strong.

The problem is that there is a focus on the external, its about image and perfection not health. Someone might start and stop in 2 days. Others who keep going in time get more fit, the first level isn't enough anymore. There is a tendency once in the swing of things to push yourself harder and harder. One extreme of fitness is bodybuilding. Womens body building seems to have taken the typical body image away from the stereotypes of femininity into a whole new direction of strength and power. Using all sorts of tanning and oil lotions to bring show off their muscle. They train for show not health, the bigger and more pronounced the muscle the better. Personally i admire the lengths they go to but at the same time don't understand why you would want to go beyond healthy. Particularly when you hear that some women builders train to the point where they feel breast implants and other accentuations done surgically are necessary to achieve the desired results.


For me personally the idea of womens health is more holistic than all this. It includes eating, thinking, talking, dancing, feeling, exercising, enjoying healthy. The point is that there is more than the perfectionized image that only looks at what we want to attain and through this creating bad psychological health in many. A good healthy lifestyle in men and women brings together a healthy body, mind and heart or in this case emotional well being. By all means be image conscious but for myself i have made the decision that inside comes before societies fashions, but being true to oneself there is more inherent beauty.

Anything that promotes a happy inner world while keeping body, mind and spirit happy for me is the true Healthy.

 Lastly i love this quote from Bob Marley (rough translation):

 'the most beautiful curve on a womans body is her smile'.



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