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How To Workout for Self Lovin’ not Self Loathin’

We only get one of these body things. Considering everything that we put it through over the course of a life-time, that makes it pretty awesome right?

So why on earth is it that we are constantly told that it’s too fat, weak, hairy, bumpy, grey, dull, oily, shiny, cellulitey, hairy, smelly, discoloured, to exist in this world without changing it.

We are SO not down with that!

You are enough. You are right where you need to be, and that is OK. Give yourself permission to love yourself.

You are enough. You are right where you need to be, and that is OK. Give yourself permission to love yourself.

Here’s the thing. If we all fell madly in love with ourselves, no-one could make a dime out of us. And that just wouldn’t be fun for any corporation built around leveraging your inadequacies (inadequacies that they fabricated…)

I was chatting to my grandmother – she didn’t shave her legs as a young woman…. because shaving legs wasn’t a thing. Women had hair! (Correction, women have hair, and in the pursuit of media-standards of beauty, we subject ourselves to bizarre forms of self mutilation)

So, here are a few tips to get lovin that bod of yours.  Given that this is YOUR body and YOUR journey, you don’t have to try any of them. But these might help your rock some radical self love.

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Exercise is awesome for you. Do it for health, longevity, and looking after your rockin’ bod

You don’t need to be thin, heck you don’t even need to be strong – but it would really help if you were fit enough to enjoy your day-to-day activities with energy and vitality. Endorphins are pretty wicked too! Best part, you only need to engage in gentle exercise to get the benefits!

Compete? Nah…..  Challenge yourself for that sense of accomplishment!

You don’t have to race, you don’t have to be stronger/fitter/faster/more beautiful than anyone. Workout to discover your own limits. To achieve things you didn’t you could ever do. If it’s a walk around the block – brilliant. If it’s a marathon, equally brilliant.

Aim for progress, not perfection.

If you accept that you are always a work in progress, and your body will go through many versions, iterations, and volumes of the story that is you – you’ll realise that there’s not really an end goal. Pursue what makes you feel good, and accept progress.

Do it for the joy of it!

When I discovered running, I discovered a whole new world of zone-out-endorphin highs. I run because it makes me feel alive. If you’re going to work out, do it for the sheer joy.

Take my grandmother’s advice.

When you get up in the morning, look in the mirror and say “By goodness, you’re beautiful” and REALLY mean it. You are a unique and magnificent creation. You’re forever growing and changing. And that my friend, is beautiful.

Workout tips for body love

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