You don’t have to love your body.
No, you don’t.
Hating your body is no way to motivate yourself to change it, but sometimes loving our bodies isn’t something we’re ready to do.
I’m here to tell you that’s OK.
In recent years there has been a shift in messaging geared towards women. The old mantra “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” is being replaced with “love the skin you’re in.”
Please don’t get me wrong, it is a wonderful thing to see women encouraged to be proud of their bodies and not feel the pressure to fit into a certain mold or into a certain stereotype.
That is absolutely a good thing.
And while self love is a wonderful message, if you’re someone who’s not extremely happy with your body right now, it can be an idea somewhat difficult to connect with.
You don’t have to love your body. But there are four things you NEED to do if you want to lose weight, improve your health, or get to a place where maybe you CAN love your body.
- Move it. Whether it is getting to the gym regularly, taking a dance class, going to yoga or just walking. Your body was designed to move.
- Nourish it. That means eating healthy foods, hydrating with plenty of water, being sure you’re getting plenty of vital vitamins and minerals, and leaving room for an occasional indulgence.
- Appreciate it. Whether you’ve given birth to children, have overcome an illness or an injury, or even hiked the Grand Canyon, your body has done some amazing things. Appreciate it! No matter what it looks like, no matter how you feel some days, your body is amazing. Being able to just move your body is a gift that not everyone has, and those who can should be grateful.
- Respect it. Your body can take a lot, but that doesn’t mean it is ok to abuse it. Give it the things that it needs to feel good, to perform well, and to exist for a long time. Your body is truly the only physical thing that is ever going to be one hundred percent yours. And your body is a reflection of your choices, so respect it enough not to blame it for being a reflection of those choices. Instead, make different choices.
If you’re kind of in a place where you feel like you want to change and you’re seeing this message of love your body, and you’re struggling because you feel like you don’t love your body and you do want to change it that’s okay.
Concentrate on these four things; move it, nourish it, appreciate it, and respect it. And over time that will bring you a lot closer towards changing it, which just might change your perspective about loving it.