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BODY IMAGE AND THE GYM

BODY IMAGE AND THE GYM

In our insta-world, life is a bombardment of messages about looks. Pressures distort our own body image. That's a big risk factor for mental health problems.

So much that as many as 30% of adults are stressed by body image.

That really needs to change. We need to help each other by losing the toxic attitudes. We need to call out unreal images in advertising and on social media.  

As the UK’s leading mental health charity says, we need to #bebodykind.

The gym can be a particularly stressful place for those struggling with body image. Here are some ideas for all of us to be happier in our skins.

BE REAL AND PROUD

The gym means sweaty. It means dishevelled. It can mean wobbles and undignified moments. Not everyone is going to turn into a mass of lean muscle. Some of us will just never have thin thighs or a six pack. None of this matters! We exercise to look after ourselves, not to change looks.

MESSAGES MATTER

Stop and think about what you say about appearance. None of us get to decide our facial features, our build, our skin colour or texture. So why talk about it unless directly asked for an opinion? Compliment people on achievements, personality and actions.  That’s a more interesting discussion anyway. Do the same when talking to children – not ‘you look pretty’ but ‘you did well today’.

CALL IT OUT

Any gym worth your custom is genuinely welcoming to everyone. That means a culture of friendliness among staff and users. That means no big posters of idealised (read ‘faked’) bodies. That means the courage to say ‘that’s not right.’ And to ask for things to change.

Let’s make your Hussle happy – for all of us.

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the author

Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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