I know these photos have been posted a lot on social media this week, but J Lo looks INCREDIBLE right? And is your first thought when you look at this “Wow she looks amazing”? Or is it “wow she looks amazing for 46”? Wouldn’t you be happy with this body at ANY age? Because I don’t see photos posted of, say, Kylie Jenner with captions like “wow she looks amazing for 20” (or however old she is before anyone pulls me up on this!) It really upsets me when people focus on a woman’s age – yes J Lo looks insane but why do we even need to bring up the fact that she’s in her 40s? Do you ever see people banging on about how fabulous George Clooney looks for 50-odd? No, because it doesn’t matter!
Admittedly maybe I am more sensitive on this subject as a woman in her mid 30s trying to work on building my personal fitness brand and being surrounded on a daily basis by those 5, 10, often even 15 years younger than me. Am I aware of it? Only through my own insecurities (which I think is only natural!) because in actual fact the people I am meeting through networking and brand building and attending events and workouts and I are united by our passion for health and fitness. Age doesn’t come into it. Some of you lovely lot even leave nice comments on my Insta and not once does anyone feel the need to say “you’re looking really good…. For 34”. Because what kind of back handed compliment is that? Because I’m not 21 I shouldn’t aspire to be lean and toned? Or because once you get past 30 there’s no point bothering any more because there will be dozens of better looking teenagers in my place? Fitness should be ageless – yes I can’t get away with eating the things I did 10 years ago, and I do have to worry about cellulite and stretch marks and wrinkles – but does that mean I can’t push myself to lift more, jump higher, run faster? Not to want to be the best version of me? Does that mean I can’t be part of this amazing, thriving and ever growing fitness community because I am older than the average social media demographic? Ask my clients, my class members, my new found fitness friends, the audience who watched me on the catwalk at the Charli Cohen LFW show earlier this year and I truly hope their answer would be “age is nothing but a number” . Whilst I would never be arrogant (or deluded) enough to place myself remotely in the same category as Jennifer Lopez I hope you would agree that we look good. Full stop! Happy Birthday J Lo, another year more fabulous x