Value Your Image!
Celebrating ALL Body Types
Everyone is on his/her unique journey in life. For some, it’s to obtain that dream job, move to that dream city, or get that dream body. Most of us can all relate to wanting to see something a little different when we look in the mirror; whether it’s more muscles, more tone, or less fat. Maybe even all 3. When it comes to dreamy bodies though, there’s one thing we all struggle with at times: trying to obtain an unrealistic body image. It is so easy to see an image on the screen or on the cover of a magazine and immediately think, “Wow, I wish I looked like her/him.” However, we are all made completely different in ranging of sizes, shapes, colors, bone structures, and genetics. There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve your physical and mental health but don’t do it with the end goal of trying to be or look like someone else. You are YOU, and your body is perfectly unique! We’re here to normalize celebrating ALL body types!
Mental Health & Physical Health
Another important thing to remember on any fitness journey is to take care of your mental health first, which definitely includes NOT comparing yourself to others. Whether you’re trying to lose weight or gain weight, just focus on being the best version of yourself. It’s okay to want to strive towards making changes to your body. Please know that there are so many great benefits to fitness that have nothing to do with appearance. Exercise boosts mood (hello, endorphins!), increases energy levels, helps manage stress, improves sleep and brain function, increases strength and flexibility, and the list goes on! Focusing and grabbing hold of your mental health will help you stick to your fitness goals long-term and will allow you to be proud of your progress no matter how fast or slow!
Just the Way You Are
Too short, too tall, too thin, too thick? There are some things about our bodies that we just simply cannot change. Ever heard of… cellulite. Cellulite is one of the most common things that we want to “get rid of” or feel embarrassed about. A majority of people have cellulite, and it does not make you any less of a human being by having some dimples in your thighs. Stretch marks? They’re just tiger stripes and lighting bolts that tell a story. Loose skin? It is not a flaw or something that needs to be “fixed.”
It’s okay to look in the mirror and not absolutely love everything you see. But it is also okay to look in the mirror and love what you see EVEN if it doesn’t look like someone else’s body. Try to remember that your body is the keeper of your magic and is capable of so much over and beyond its appearance! So you want to lose some weight or gain some muscle? Go for it! BUT, NEVER reduce your worth based on your outward appearance. Be more than a body, and don’t stress over where it folds or dimples. Be kind to your body by taking care of it. Feeding your body what it needs to fuel it properly and finding activities to get your body moving. There is no need to fad diet or work yourself to death accomplishing a look that someone else has. If you take care of your body the way you should you will be happy in the way you feel.