#EveryBODisBeautiful: 5 Steps to a More Positive Body Image
When we began building The BOD as a business, we thought about what our main message or mission statement should be and we came up with: Every BOD is Beautiful.
Body image is a person’s impressions or opinions about his/her body. Many of us may have had body image issues growing up — or maybe you’re going through some now.
Am I too fat? Am I strong enough? Why don’t I look like him? If I look this way, maybe he will like me more.
When we’re constantly surrounded by mainstream media telling us what we “should” look like, it is easy to think negatively about ourselves and this can lead to destructive behaviors such as eating disorders.
Having a positive body image is so important! With that in mind, here are 5 helpful tips that we’ve found to help you work on a more positive body image:
Appreciate what your body can do.
You may not be able to run a 5k without being winded, but maybe you have a great sense of rhythm for dancing, or maybe you can lift really heavy things. Your body has its own strengths, so appreciate your body for what it can do for you and don’t think about everything it can’t.
Appreciate what makes you different.
Every body is different and it is so important to understand this. Depending on your genetics, diet, lifestyle, and even your job, your body will look completely different compared to someone else. Celebrate and take pride in your differences – they’re what makes your body unique!
Every day, write down what you’re thankful for.
There’s a great DIY for this: get a mason jar and decorate it as you wish (spray paint it with your favorite color, tie ribbons around it, etc.). Every night before you go to sleep, jot down one thing that you love about your body and put it in the mason jar. Any time you’re having a bad “body day”, open up the jar and go through all your notes to remind yourself of everything you love about your body.
There’s a difference between being skinny and being fit.
We see so many young girls and boys fixated on the number on the scale when trying to lose weight. They’re constantly worried about being the right size or looking the right way that many end up being unhealthy to see a lower number on the scale. The problem is that the number on the scale is affected by so much, including muscle and water weight! Instead of focusing on the number, focus on developing healthy habits to keep you lean and strong.
This is perhaps the hardest tip to implement but it’s also the most important. We often look at our friends, our family members, or even strangers and wish we had something they have — longer legs, toned arms, abs, etc. The hard truth is that no matter what we achieve, there will always be someone who has something you want. So instead of focusing on what you don’t have, be happy about what you do have. Focus on improving a part of your body because you want to or because it’ll help you in the long run.
Body positivity is so important to us and we love helping our members achieve their fitness goals. At The BOD, we want to help our members maintain a healthy lifestyle by using dance and fitness as a starting point. We love seeing our members walking in after tough, stressful days and leaving an hour later with a huge smile on their faces!
Remember, every BOD (including yours!) is beautiful.
Want to share how you stay body-positive? Use #EveryBODisBeautiful on social media and let us know!
The BOD Team