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10 Struggles All Muscular Women Understand

The struggle is real...

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Women's body types have been a hot topic of conversation for years, and we know all the labels: pear-shaped, apple-shaped, thin, curvy, plus size, skinny, hourglass, "slim-thicc"...the adjectives go on forever. People seem to forget that muscular women often have a type all their own, and may not fit into one box because of their unique features! Here are some things that make athletic women say, "Relatable!"

1. Finding clothes to fit your body type

If the jeans fit over your quads, they most certainly will be too big in the waist, and vice versa. Forget about boots that come past your ankles; you know your calves won't allow for that mess! And don't get me started on t-shirt sleeves that fit your biceps like a blood pressure cuff.

2. "So are you a cheerleader or a gymnast?"

Because apparently, if you're a woman with muscle, you can only be one of the two...unless you're a Crossfitter. No other female athletes, coaches, or physical professions.

3. Getting asked to fight someone

I don't want it to come to that, but it might if you keep saying dumb crap. How can you tell that just by looking at me, anyway? Fit does not equal aggressive.

4. "You look like a dude!"

I honestly cannot believe that this is a thing that is ever said, but it is. It's rude, misogynistic, and just wildly inaccurate.

5. Randos telling you that your muscle is "hot"

Usually, the people that say this don't actually know the women they're talking to, making the conversation very awkward and frustrating. Our muscle isn't for you anyways, it's for us! It serves our needs, not anyone else's.

6. "Do you ever eat?"

All. The. Time. Contrary to popular belief, muscle tone requires constant calorie intake to make up for how much you lose in exercise. And it's not all kale chips and quinoa either! Give me my chips!

7. That accomplished feeling of using your muscle in everyday life

Your buddy needs a lift? You got it! Late for class? Run those stairs like it's nothing! The possibilities for daily use of your muscles are endless!

8. "Will you train me?"

I'm trying to make a living off of coaching others, but sure, I'll give you privates for free...KIDDING! SHOW ME THE MONEY!

9. Backless shirts/dresses are everything

There's just no better reward for all those back/arm strength days.

10. The pros/cons of losing a bra size

Active women often lose chest mass as a result of constant activity. This can take some getting used to, but it often comes with its perks (no pun intended.) You are opened up to a whole new world of bralettes, bandeaus, and sun dresses!

The world of fit females has its ups and downs, but at the end of the day, you know your body well and you're aware of its value. It does Wonder Woman things for you every single day, and that's something to be proud of! No matter the commentary that anyone else has about your features and strengths, what matters is that you love yourself unconditionally, gains and all.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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11 Reasons Why Hiking Should Become A Pivotal Part Of Your Life

It's good for the body and soul.

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I was lucky enough to grow up 10 minutes from a national park. This meant that some of my earliest memories were riding on my dad's shoulders through miles of beautiful trails. As a got older, the simple joy of enjoying the fresh air and getting away from the craziness of life that hiking offered only made me fall in love with it more. Now, whenever I have a rough day or just need a break from stress, the first thing that I want to do is hit the trails.

1. Fresh air

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Being cooped up inside for too long can take a toll on anyone. Being able to get out and breathe the fresh air and feel the sun shining can instantly boost anyone's mood!

2. Exercise

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Hiking is a great way to get those extra steps in, and many areas have different paths you can take depending on your fitness level.

3. No electronics

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I am so guilty of going on my phone way too much. Being outdoors allows a break from social media and time to focus on being in the moment and enjoying the amazing world we live in.

4. Scenery

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Hiking allows us to see some of the most gorgeous untouched pieces of nature. It is hard to not be amazed by how beautiful our earth is.

5. Vitamin D

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There is nothing that a little bit of sun can't cure. Being outside in the sun not only gives you a nice summer glow, but it can be so beneficial to our health! Vitamin D helps boost our immune system and gives us energy.

6. Way more fun than going to the gym

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Going to the gym and using the treadmill and other machines provide a workout but can become more of a chore than fun after a while. Hikes are an amazing workout that hardly feels like a chore. So, the next time you are getting tired of the same old routine at a smelly gym, think about taking a hike instead.

7. Stress reliever

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Being out in nature can be such a great break from the "real world."

8. Great way to spend time with friends

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The next time you don't know what to do with your friends, consider going on a hike! There are so many fun things to do, like bring a picnic or watch the sunset. It's a great way to switch up your typical routine of watching T.V. or Netflix.

9. Perfect way to exercise with dogs

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Instead of taking your dog around the neighborhood, switch it up and take them on a hike! It's a great workout for them, and oftentimes, a lot more enjoyable than the daily neighborhood route.

10.  It's free!

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What more needs to be said? Free fun is hard to come by nowadays, so going on a hike can help your bank account too!

11.  It's fun!

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What's not to love about the endless ways to enjoy hiking?

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