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Learn to love your body

Learn to love your body

Why can’t we just embrace the way we are? For generations we’ve been picking ourselves apart. For every person happy with their body, there is someone that isn’t.

How can we put this right?

A whopping 60% of adults are unhappy with the way they look, and even more concerning – 50-70% of children.

There is light at the end of the tunnel, though, and there are ways to love your body.

Here are some of our tips for loving the way you are:

1. Forget food diaries

Dieting, counting calories, making food diaries, popping diet pills. All these behaviours force an unhealthy relationship with food and the way we feel about ourselves. With a diet industry worth billions – feel better about yourself and don’t give in to them!

2. Acceptance

That’s right! You don’t need to be boasting about your body or leaping around in a bikini mid-winter. But to be ok with your body is just fine. Termed “body neutrality”, on many levels it’s easier to aim for this rather than “positivity”. Though neutrality is, of course, a positive!

3. Social media savvy

You know all those images of ‘perfect’ bodies you see on Insta or FB? Staged, airbrushed within an inch of their life, and not REAL! Yet still, you keep scrolling.

Take time out from the digital falsehoods, and live life and enjoy what your own body can do. Limit social to keep you more savvy about how briliiant your body is.

4. Treat yourself

A bit of pampering never did anyone any harm. Be it a hot bath with a tonne of bubbles, a pretty pedicure, or a functional wax – look after yourself and you’ll feel better.

Take time to do the stuff you really love, rather than waste time agonizing over how you could be thinner/more tanned/younger – it’s not worth it! You have so much to offer, so focus on that rather than how you look best in a selfie.

5. Exercise to boost confidence

We all feel better after a bit of exercise. The positive effects on mental health are well known. So take a little time to Hussle and you'll give yourself an instant confidence boost.

Photo by Billie on Unsplash

the author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running ultra marathons. In addition to training for her epic runs she finds time for strength training, Pilates and Yoga. .