It’s National Fitness Month, and what better reminder that summer is around the corner than the abundance of throwback Thursday bathing suit pics flooding our Instagram feeds?
It’s no surprise that girls have been hitting the gym and feeling the pressure to look their best in bikinis with Memorial Day Weekend only a few weeks away.
There are so many benefits to working out. For instance, it enhances your mood, controls your weight, combats diseases and boosts your energy.
But, as much as working out is beneficial to us all, it’s important to remember that we’re not competing with each other and you will only be happy with yourself and your body when you realize that confidence starts with self-love.
We live in a society that loves to body shame women. That means, picking and protting, pointing and judging, labeling and tearing us apart.
Sometimes, as women, we feel the need to meet these false standards that society sets for us. Not everyone can look like Adriana Lima in a bikini, because we all don’t have the free time to go to the gym 24/7 and train so hard. We’re in school, working, maintaining relationships, friendships, hobbies.
There are so many ways to remain body positive when you feel like society is always your worst enemy.
1. Realize that life is not a competition:
Just because you know people who have more time for the gym doesn’t mean that they look better and you look worse. You both just have different journeys and schedules, and different bodies. No one person is the staple of beauty and no one person should control how you feel about yourself. Realize that you are you, your body is beautiful and supports you everyday.
2. Your body is always fighting for you, not against you:
Your body is full of nutrients and cells that are constantly battling to keep you alive. Stop hating on the one who’s always on your side! Your body makes sure you are breathing, waking up every morning, and fighting sickness and disease. Remember this next time you have something negative to say about it
3. Don’t listen to haters:
Everyone is a critic, and everyone has an opinion. That doesn’t mean that the opinions are right, especially when it comes to you. The only opinion that should matter about your body and yourself is yours. Not anyone else. Don’t let people’s voices get inside your head. You should only worry about your feelings and how confident you feel in your own skin. This is the first step on the road to success-self love.
4. Wear things that make you feel great:
Just because something is a latest trend, doesn’t mean you have to sport it. Wear what makes you feel the most confident and the most comfortable. Don’t feel pressured to fit into a certain size or a certain fashion just because everyone else is, wear what makes your body look and feel the best. You’ll feel 10x better with a boost of confidence.
5. Realize that beauty is not skin deep:
Real beauty comes from within. The most beautiful people do not only look good, but they do good and are good people. You can be a size 0 and still be a horrible person on the inside (Regina George). Size is just a number, what matters is the person that’s on the inside of that body. How you carry yourself, how you treat others. It doesn’t matter how great your gym selfies are if your soul is dirty.
6. Social Media Cleanse:
Sometimes, going on a little social media cleanse will do the body good. Stay away from “fitspo” pages and “thigh gap” trends. Realize that there is much more to life than constantly comparing yourself to other people. Everyone has their own individual journey, and yours is unique, just like your body. The sooner you realize this, the happier you will be.