In today’s society, it can be difficult to love your body. With countless unachievable standards and a multitude of photo-sharing apps with an unbelievable number of filters designed to change the way you look to make you appear more ‘conventionally attractive’, it can be difficult to feel beautiful when you spend your days comparing yourself to models you see online. Historically, we have been shamed for the way we look in a bid to improve sales of things like skincare or clothing, etc, but that shouldn’t be the case anymore. Many Instagram models for example are beginning to show ‘Expectation’ vs ‘reality comparisons to help show people that that unachievable beauty you often see online is often just that. So, whether you’re looking to improve yourself or if you’re just hoping to have a better relationship with your body, here are some tips for you to stay fit and more confident.
Decide Your Goals in Advance
The first thing you should do on the journey to loving your body is deciding your goals. We all have things we want to improve about ourselves, but the first step is to decipher whether these changes will positively impact our health, or whether they’re there just to make us feel more attractive. Whilst wanting to make your body look better doesn’t always have to be a bad thing, it is important to think about what you’re hoping to achieve long-term just in case you wind up in a losing battle trying to achieve the unachievable. There are certainly benefits to wanting to tone up your body, but it’s important to remember that losing weight isn’t everything.
Unless it is going to be beneficial for your health, e.g. being recommended by your doctor, you really shouldn’t be wanting to make a drastic change to your body, it can be potentially damaging and often isn’t sustainable in the long run. By deciding your goals in advance you’ll be able to make more of a thorough plan of what will and won’t work for your body and you’ll therefore be far more likely to succeed. By doing this, you will also be less likely to fall into the trap of fad diets or other ridiculous ways that the internet will try to tell you will make you ‘skinny in a week’.
Any Body Can Be A Bikini Body
One of the most common misconceptions of societies historically when it comes to revealing clothing is that the skinnier the better. But that simply just isn’t true. One of the best things I ever read in a woman’s magazine about the struggle to feel confident in a bikini was when one woman put it so simply, ‘You know how to get a bikini body? Just put on a bikini’. It may sound ridiculous, but that one sentence instantly shifted my perception of how ridiculous our worries are. That a ‘bikini body’ is a definable feature that requires you to be unbelievably skinny, but the truth is, everybody is different. But don’t just take our word for it, why not check out another honest opinion on kayla itsines bikni body guide and see for yourself! We are constantly bogged down with the pressure to be ‘beautiful’, but the truth is, we already are.
Throw Out Your Scales
Last but not least, as the heading states, your final step should be to throw out your scales and delete your calorie tracking app from your phone. Truthfully, most of the time they wind up doing more harm than good. We wind up obsessing over calories and what we eat and how much we weigh that we oftentimes forget we are meant to be living a wonderful and exciting life. We are far too hard on ourselves for things that, unless they are directly affecting our health, we shouldn’t have to be worrying about. We are all born different and we have come too far as a society to still be sitting alone feeling worthless. The secret is you have to know you’re perfect the way you are. A trick is, if you wouldn’t say it to your friend or your mother, you shouldn’t be saying it to yourself.