When people begin a new diet or workout, it’s often because they are extremely unhappy with their appearances…
I am guilty of disliking things about my body as well. We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others, when we should be focusing on what we love about ourselves. You can focus on how to better yourself and your health and love your body in the process! It’s time to view our bodies as the only bodies we will ever have, the only body that will never be like anyone else’s, and hopefully, one day we will be able to embrace the body we have been given, make it healthier, and practice better self-care.
1. Change the way you view your body.
For starters, lose the negativity. Changing your attitude from negative to positive will make a drastic change on your self-image. If you have negative thoughts about yourself while looking in the mirror or if you speak negatively about your body to friends, begin by slowly changing a negative comment to a positive one. You will be amazed by the changes you see in the way you view yourself and how others view you. We all have flaws, that’s what makes us unique. Try not to dwell on those, they don’t define you. Be proud of who you are.
2. Stop comparing yourself to others.
Whenever I find myself comparing myself to other people, I try to snap out of it by telling myself: you were created to be an individual and no two people are the same. This gentle reminder helps me get perspective. Also, so often we compare ourselves to people in the magazines, and those images are edited, photo shopped and certain features are enhanced to make the person appear better on paper than they do in real life. There isn’t a Photoshop option in real life, so it’s not realistic to compare yourself to these unrealistic images.
3. Begin a healthy workout/ food plan.
It’s so important to realize that we have one body that we need to take care of through exercise and nutrition. Instead of hating our bodies, we can provide our body with strength, agility, and determination, along with healthy meals! Find a personal trainer or someone that can make you accountable…. Not to look better, but to make yourself healthier!