“I’m not trying to build a summer body. I’m trying to build a lifestyle.” – Unknown
Every year, I hear people talking about training to get that summer body. Men and women want to look good in swim attire. And year after year, my summer body looks the same as my winter body. I’ll work my butt off to look good in a swimsuit, but I just never get to that point.
WHAT IS A SUMMER BODY?
Well, Urban Dictionary certainly has an opinion. According to Urban Dictionary, a summer body is, “the fucked up thing that society created and expect everybody to have each summer and if they don’t, well then your suddenly are “fat, chubby, obese”. tired of this shit and these high expectations.”
If you search for it on Google, you will find women with tiny waists and just enough boobs and butt to make them look like the perfect hourglass. Now, if you’re a guy, this sort of body will look like chiseled abs, sculpted shoulders and killer biceps.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE SUMMER BODY?
Striving for a summer body indicates that there is a body for fall, winter, and spring as well. You essentially train for physical “perfection” for about three to four months out of the year. Then perhaps, you let yourself go and eat one too many snacks or skip one too many workouts.
This physical “perfection” is just for show and you aren’t doing it for yourself or for the sake of being healthy. It becomes about showing off during skin season and breeds a dangerous perception about body image.
Those who don’t achieve this level of perfection are labeled as lazy, fat, ugly, and sometimes even disgusting. So many of us who don’t meet this aesthetic choose to cover up while everyone else is showing skin. It’s no longer just about us; it becomes about catering to others so that they don’t find offense about our lack of fitness.
The summer body puts unrealistic expectations on society as a whole. There is no such thing as a perfect body and the term was coined as a marketing tool and derived from a hatred of “fat” bodies.
MY BIG FAT LOPSIDED BODY
I definitely do not have this summer body. It’s nowhere close to meeting the requirements to be one. I don’t have visible abs, my arms are not toned, and the thigh gap in nonexistent. In clothes, I feel fine, but if I were to go to the beach or a public pool in just a swimsuit, I feel self-conscious.
My boobs aren’t perfectly round and perky. They are lopsided, I have side boob and one has fallen victim to gravity. There’s flabs of fat that hang from my arms. I have stretch marks all over my stomach. My stomach fat hangs down and my inner thighs have so much fat that it can be seen drooping down when I wear shorts.
This is not society’s definition of the perfect body. It’s not society’s definition of attractive. So when I go swimming, I’m wearing baggy clothes over the swimsuit because I know what people are like. I was bullied by boys in school because even though I wasn’t “fat” at the time, I wasn’t as skinny as the other girls.
But, it’s my body and my worth isn’t defined by others’ opinions of it. With the summer heat, I am showing more skin and if someone doesn’t like it, they might as well go blind because reality is most of America doesn’t have a perfect body.
The Sassy Sub Daily