What I Like About The Body Positivity Movement
Unless you are not on social media or you have been living under a rock, I'm sure you have heard about the body positivity movement. A movement that encourages people of all shapes and sizes to embrace their bodies just as they are, now. Every roll, dimple and flaw is embraced and accepted. There are websites, Facebook pages and many social media accounts dedicated solely to this movement. This movement doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon and I think that's a good thing.
I personally believe that for most people after a certain age, body positivity does not come natural or easily and that makes me sad. These days we are bombarded with images and commercials of beauty standards that we should be trying to achieve, and it sucks. These standards are causing people to starve themselves, bleach their skin and go under the knife for unnecessary body modification surgeries. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
As a personal trainer and a wellness blogger I think I hear the worst of it. I always try to make sure I am sending the right message to my clients and readers. Appreciate the body you have now while working to get where you want to be. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be in better shape, smaller or even bigger for that matter. But I want people to appreciate all that their bodies do for them now and love it as it is. I am proud to be a part of communities of amazing women who also preach just that. As a Skirt Sports and Sweat Pink Ambassador I am blessed to have amazing women of all shapes and sizes who are killing it in the fitness game to look up to.
So after all of that, here are some things I Like About The Body Positivity Movement.
It helps me to feel more confident.
When I see women of all shapes and sizes being happy and confident in their own skin, it encourages me to do the same. It helps me to realize that it doesn't matter if my shirt is a little snug around the mid section, I can still rock it and feel good about myself without trying to cover up with a sweater or jacket. Thank God I can stop sucking it in ;)
It helps those of us with daughters.
I have a 10 year old daughter who will soon be reaching the age where she is influenced by the things she see and hears even more so than now. I want her to be confident with who she is, just how she is. I want her to embrace her beautiful caramel skin, her big beautiful curly hair and all of the amazing things about her. I don't want her to look around and feel she has to be like the girls on TV who mostly don't represent her.
It helps remove the comparison trap.
When we acknowledge as a people that we are all different and we all have our own thing to offer, we can stop comparing so much. When you feel positive about yourself and your body you know that you don't have to be like anyone else. If you do want to be better, be better than you are now, don't try to be like or better than someone who you think is better than you.
It pleases God.
The bible has several scriptures about appearance and body image. God created us in His image and he doesn't make mistakes. Everything He designs is a work of art, including you.
What are your thoughts on The Body Positivity Movement?