The title of this post kinda speaks for itself and is one of those hashtags that a lot of us out there have posted before, or thought about posting. My Voucher Codes recently did a survey about the topic and whether women in particular feel a pressure to get that #PerfectBeachBody and a whopping 60% of 18-24 years olds do. I have to be honest and admit I would completely fall within that 60%, myself putting myself under scrutiny every time I have a holiday that requires swimwear!
The survey asked 1000 women in the UK whether they felt pressure to have the Perfect Beach Body and as a whole, only 24% said that they did. For me, this looks like as women have got older, they have felt a lot less pressure to have this perception of a Perfect Beach Body. The worrying category is definitely those between 18-24 who seem to put a lot more pressure on themselves. Let’s face it for those of us who fall in that group and have the likes of Gigi Hadid parading in a bikini to compare themselves against, it stinks! ( For those of you wondering who the heck Gigi Hadid is, see below….)
The survey that My Voucher Codes carried out also looked at how us ladies prep for a holiday and that Perfect Beach Body. This includes Waxing, Manicures/Pedicures, Facial, Sunbeds, Spray Tan and Body Wraps. Of all of those I would only actually take part in the Waxing element as none of the rest is that important to me but I have known women to do all of those things and my general are thoughts are – CRAZY!
My biggest thing on the build up to a holiday is not having any wobbly bits or feeling uncomfortable in my bikini. Last year I ended up with a gym membership (Long story, don’t ask) and on the build up to my holiday and went to fitness classes and hit the gym a few times a week and felt wonderful by the time I went to Mexico, but by god, I was so bored of going. I put myself under pressure to tone up every bit of my body and make the most of the gym membership I was paying for, but was so sick of going in the end. This year I have no gym membership and am going on holiday later this year and panic is already starting about toning/losing a couple of pounds.
I hate feeling this way, as I imagine most women in my age range does as well but unfortunately when you see the Kendall Jenners and Gigi Hadids of the world looking flaming amazing in their swimwear, you convince yourself you need to work towards a goal like them. I will never look like either of these people even if I lost half a stone and went to the gym all the time. Mainly because I am a short person and don’t have legs like a giraffe!
The survey overall showed just to what extent us women will go to in order to achieve our image of the Perfect Beach Body and everyone will have a different picture in their minds. I will say some of the results did not shock me especially falling into the age group that worries the most and answering exactly the same as the majority. It’s a vicious cycle when the media is forever showing pictures of women looking flawless and like they have walked of a Victoria’s Secret Catwalk and puts a sometimes unachievable image in our mind.
This post has been a bit different for me to write and quite hard because I am blatantly admitting to stressing about my body, worrying about imperfections but I think it’s important to write this as I bet some of you feel the exact same way. If you want to read more about the survey My Voucher Codes did then check out the Fitness and Beauty Guide for more info.
I hope you enjoyed this post and leave me a comment if you have ever done any of this too