Today I want to talk a bit about something many people struggle with–body confidence. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with images of beautiful people with seemingly perfect bodies, it’s easy to feel a little insecure about ourselves.
We all have our hang ups; ask anyone, and I’m sure they will easily list off the things about their bodies that are less than perfect. Ask them what it is they like about themselves and often that answer is a bit harder to come by.
Why are we so hard on ourselves? Why is it so challenging to focus on all the positive, wonderful things are bodies are capable of? How can we aim to increase our body confidence while still working to achieve our fitness and health goals?
I believe the first step is letting go of an unachievable standard. Realize that most models have been airbrushed to look perfect and/or use unhealthy practices to be thin. Recognize what your body is, rather than what it is not.
Shift Your Focus
Learn to focus on and highlight your strengths. Be proud of what your body can do, rather than upset because the scale isn’t where you want it to be yet. Reward yourself for getting stronger and making positive, healthy changes. And remember to keep up the good work!
Prioritize Your Health
Make your priority your overall health, not a number on the scale. It is far too easy to fixate on what the scale tells you. Changing your goals to reducing unhealthy habits and increasing healthy ones will do wonders for your body. Eat well, exercise regularly, get quality sleep, drink plenty of water–all these things go a long way.
It is such a blessing to be around so many wonderful people who value their health and bodies; let’s keep the positive energy flowing and remind each other and ourselves of all the hard work we put into taking care of our health.
Work with friends, family members, colleagues on this: compliment people for a job well done; tell someone if they inspire you; thank someone for being a good role model; and most importantly, remind yourself of how awesome you are 🙂
Yours in Health,
Kristin @ The Fuse Fitness