Strong is the new skinny.
Fit is the new thin. The ab crack has replaced the size zero on wish lists. Generally speaking, this is probably a good thing for our health: the post-modern beauty is likely to be in better physical condition than the 90s heroin chick.
Or have we just moved the goal posts?
At Motion Nutrition, we are particularly keen on interacting with our audience (that’s you, hi!) on social media, and our favourite platform to do so is Instagram. Instagram makes it very easy to spot trends. One particular trend which is difficult to avoid is the objectification of the human body into fitting a particular mould. A mould which not only is impossible to reach, but is also constantly evolving. Enter the Thigh Gap, the Bubble Butt, and the latest contestant, the Ab Crack (WTF is an ab crack?).
We are strong believers in holistic health. Delve into any respectable publication on holistic health, and the first thing you will read is that each and every one of us is unique. We have unique dietary requirements. We require different amounts of sleep, different amounts of sunlight, of proteins, of fats, of exercise, some of us can’t eat dairy, and if I eat cashews I will die*. So how on earth are we expected to all look the same?
Ab crack: what a load of waffle
You’ll never hear us preaching a vegan diet for all. Is a vegan diet healthier than average Joe’s generic diet full of melted cheddar and fried bacon? Probably. Is a vegan diet an extreme lifestyle requiring a lot of due diligence and a particular set of dietary requirements? Undeniably. The same principal applies to our body shapes: what works for one, may not work for another.
We are all unique. If Emily Ratajkowski’s DNA gave her a predisposition to lining an ab crack while simultaneously flaunting a full chest, well, that’s one of the reasons why she is Emily Ratajkowski.
Let’s change the game, not the goal posts
If the phrase Strong is the new skinny connotes the idea of a particular body type to you, then let us change this to Healthy is the new skinny. Health is beauty from the inside out. Health is the happiest version of you. And the happiest version of you is the most beautiful version of you, ab crack or no ab crack.
Are you obsessed with clean eating and exercising? The concept of ultimate health can also lead to a dangerous lifestyle, highlighted by a marked rise in orthorexia as noted recently by nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert. Motion Nutrition will always recommend you see a qualified nutritionist if you have concerns about your diet or simply would like to devise a personalised nutritional plan.
*well, not immediately, but please don’t feed me cashews. Or sesame seeds. And definitely not pine nuts. Thanks – Joe.