Today my Google Reader was stuffed full of recaps of fashion and beauty looks from last night’s Oscars ceremony. Everything was pretty standard: how-tos for hair and makeup looks, best and worst dressed lists, and in-depth analysis of Anne Hathaway’s seven dresses… that is, until I landed on an interesting tip sheet on Allure’s blog, The Daily Beauty Report.
The tips were from David Kirsch, Anne Hathaway’s fitness trainer. He shared his pointers on eating right and exercising. His first “inspiring” tip just really floored me:
“Try this for inspiration. If you need some motivation to get to the gym, Kirsch recommends jumping up and down in front of the mirror, nude: “If things are still moving after you’ve stopped jumping, you might want to de-jiggle them.”
Ok, can I just say — WORST.ADVICE.EVER.
Why are we bewildered that so many women in this country have issues with body image when these fantastic “celebrity trainers” are suggesting asinine things like jumping up and down in front of a mirror naked to check for jiggle and suggesting that you “might want to de-jiggle” if you find some (which, if you are 95% of women, you will).
I consider myself to be a very fit and lean person who feels good about her body, but I can tell you right now that if I jumped up and down in front of a mirror naked, my thighs would be jiggling– because I’m human, and built like my momma. And that’s OK.
So the moral of today’s story? Don’t hate on your jiggle. I’m all for living healthfully and exercising, but don’t lose sight of the fact that real women jiggle. And if you want to stand in front of your mirror in the buff? Go for it — but positive affirmations only, please.