Monday, March 30, 2009

Embrace your body for what it is- improve only what is realistic for your body type

Not every body is created equal. In a quick-fix society, corporate America will do anything to make you believe you can lose weight overnight. Billions of dollars is spent each year on diet pills and supplements. There isn’t enough technology in the world, aside from going under the knife that will make you instantly smaller (your body also has its way of proving how unnatural surgery is). Losing weight naturally through exercise and healthy eating is the only way to take it off, keep it off, and get that body you’ve always dreamed of. People always assume that since I maintain a healthy lifestyle that I am completely in love with my own body. Let me tell you, there are a million things I would change about my body but I have learned to accept it for what it is, imperfections and all. Everyone is well aware of the media’s magic marker, the airbrush that could make Rosie O’Donnell look like a goddess (that might be a stretch but you get the idea). Point is, we know this, yet we continue to compare ourselves to these images. I have recently took up Yoga which is not only a great full body workout but it provides the psychological aspect of positive body image. The teacher always encourages you to be thankful for the body you have and be comfortable in your own skin. Don’t hold yourself to unattainable standards. Once you make the necessary lifestyle changes you will learn to love living a healthy life, look forward to your daily exercise and your clean eats!

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