Hip dips… another thing for us to hate about our bodies?
Soooo…let’s talk about Hip Dips
AKA Violin 🎻 Hips. To be 100% honest, the only hip dip I’ve previously been familiar with is the workout one where you’re in a side plank dipping your hip down to work your obliques. 🤔 But I suppose there’s a new hip dip in town that describes the indent that occurs after your hip and before your thigh begins.
And apparently, hip dips are bad?
For anyone asking “How do I fill in my hips?”, let me tell you that this was never a “problem” until people started making it a problem. A simple search on Pinterest gave me NUMEROUS results.
An anatomy lesson
You see, the weird thing about hip dips, unlike “bat wings”, “thunder thighs”, “muffin tops” and “saddlebags” is that having hip dips doesn’t have anything to do with having excessive fat in that area.
In fact, it’s kind of the opposite. Women who have hourglass figures sans the hip dip, usually have a HIGHER fat deposit in that concave area, helping to fill it out. So, this isn’t even a weight loss thing. It’s a very strange nit-picky thing that has everything to do with your NATURAL ANATOMY!
Social media loves diet culture
With pics of models on IG in string bikinis and body con dresses showing off their tiny waists and wide hips, and getting tons of likes, you start thinking that that’s the body you need to have in order to be desirable! It makes you start to believe that THAT is THE BEST body type, the MOST IDEAL body type, the body type that MEN like. And you start to tell yourself that if you don’t look like that, you’re not good enough.
I mean, move over magazine covers…Instagram pics are the new beauty standard. 🙄
Listen up. Hip dips are NORMAL! If your hip bone sits a tad higher than your femur, fat and muscle in that area are likely to cave inward. Literally THAT IS ALL.
So if you want to spend all day and night fighting the natural anatomy of your body trying to “fill in” your hips, let me tell you right now that you are better off spending your energy elsewhere. Yes, there are exercises that can help you work the muscles in the hip dip area (gluteus minimus and gluteus medius) but if your only goal is aesthetics, I urge you to find another reason to exercise. Your overall results with your entire body’s strength, mood, and energy are so much more meaningful.
Hip dips do not make you a good person, a bad person, a skinny person, or a fat person. Please remember that they just ARE.
Now…onwards to more important things in life!!!