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Is it OK to love yourself and still want to improve your body?.... quick answer : YES

January 16, 2019

 

I'm a massive believer in body positivity and I'm a personal trainer and nutrition coach ....Does that make me a massive hypocrite?... well no.

Body positivity is a social movement rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image, and be accepting of their own bodies as well as the bodies of others.

The movement sets forth the notion that beauty is a construct of society, and poses that this construct should not infringe upon one's ability to feel confidence or self-worth.

Neither fat-shaming nor skinny-shaming is okay, and all body types can and should be celebrated. 

 

Body-shaming of all types has been shown to yield detrimental long-term psychological effects such as negative body image, depression, anxiety, as well as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and body dysmorphia.

 

Some of us feel like we have to dislike our body or else we will lose motivation to exercise and eat healthily. This belief, even though it might keep you motivated to make healthy choices for a while, locks you into a cycle of  discouragement, which often leads to unhealthy choices.

Perfection is not necessary to love yourself or to achieve success, although most of us expect seem to demand it from ourselves. Psychology Today explains that:

 

Self-love is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth. Self-love is dynamic.

 

 

Love yourself by behaving in positive ways that help you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Do not let imperfection keep you from growing love for yourself.

 

Let me say that again

 

Love yourself by behaving in positive ways that help you physically, mentally, and spiritually. Do not let imperfection keep you from growing love for yourself.

 

Powerful eh!!

 

 

Here's a few examples of how being a healthy weight is showing yourself love .

  • Reducing the risk of heart disease;

  • Reducing the risk of stroke;

  • Reducing the risks of developing some forms of cancer;

  • Controlling non-insulin dependent diabetes;

  • Relieving back and joint tension;

  • Increasing energy levels;

  • Optimizing the immune system;

  • Reducing the risks of osteoporosis;

  • Reducing infertility risks;

  • Reducing the risk of anaemia;

  • Having more self-esteem;

Try mindfulness, get out in nature, be kind to yourself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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