Hi friends! I have an exciting guest blogger today, Whitney is a personal trainer who is sharing with us some tips on body image! With it being the new year and we all are setting goals,it is important to take some of these great tips into consideration when we work hard to achieve them! Body image is a struggle for so many people, remember to keep your health first and apply these great tips and you're well on your way to achieving your 2015 health goals!
Body image is so important to your overall wellbeing. There is a lot of controversy in the world these days surrounding body image. Positive body image oftentimes turns into shaming of the other end of the spectrum, such as “fat shaming” or “skinny shaming” - both of which I despise. This phenomenon is typically experienced by women. Songs such as Megan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” was meant to promote body confidence, but stirred up controversy with words that seemed to be bashing the appearance of women that were thin. Seriously, why can’t we all love our bodies and promote that to one another?
I want to add a disclaimer here, as we get started in this post, to share that while I do believe a woman can be beautiful at any shape or size, we also need to promote health and wellbeing. We are our most beautiful when we are taking care of our bodies; we just need to remember that God created us all in different shapes and sizes.
When you start to lack confidence in your body, I want you to come back and read this article again. Really take these tips for loving your body to heart, and implement them into your life so that you can have that rocking confidence again!
• Find an exercise program or another physical activity that you enjoy. You may always feel free to contact me if you need help finding one perfect for you. Get your body moving on a regular basis - at least 5 times a week for 30 minutes. Don’t use this exercise as a way to punish your body because you are unhappy with it; use exercise as a reward to yourself because you LOVE your body and want to feel your best.
• Spend a little extra time getting ready. I know that you’re probably constantly running in what feels like a million different directions, and chances are you may not always give yourself much time to get ready to conquer your day. I know for me, I work from home, so it is very easy to roll out of bed and work in my pajamas all day. However, if I spend a little extra time in the morning putting on some nice clothes and fixing my hair, maybe even putting on a little makeup, I just feel better about my appearance. Something so simple can truly change your outlook on your day.
• Really ponder what your body does for you every day. Your body helps you get around the house, it helps you drive your car, digest your food, create life - your body is a miracle and is the instrument of your life, not just a pretty outer shell. Really think about what your body is capable of doing.
• Smile! This may seem simple, but when you are out and about during your day, be sure to hold your head up and smile. Smile at a stranger. Trust me, it will brighten their day AND your day. Remind yourself that you are beautiful when you smile, and it may completely change the course of that stranger’s day.
• Stop comparing yourself to others. Just stop it. Like I mentioned before, God designed us all differently. The same shape of a person running around everywhere would make for a boring world to live in. What 175 pounds looks like on me may be comparable to what 140 pounds looks like on someone else, but I have to remember that I am just shaped differently from that person. We may weigh different amounts but look the same. Or someone else may not be battling a health concern that makes it difficult to lose weight like you may be. The only person you ever need to compare yourself with is yourself.
I’d love to hear if you have any tips for loving your body - we could all use some extra tips from time to time and I would love to hear yours!
Whitney DeLong is a certified personal trainer and online fitness coach specializing in helping women become happy in their own skin, confident with how they look in the mirror, and empowered to help others do the same. Whitney hosts online fitness groups and one-on-one coaching for weight loss. Contact Whitney and view services at http://www.whitneydelong.com.
Amanda is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist out of Southwest Middlesex, and London ON. She works with clients to help them achieve their health and wellness goals!
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