Do you ever scroll through fitspiration posts on Instagram or Pinterest and immediately feel discouraged? You know the images are meant to be inspiring, but they leave you feeling worse about yourself and your body. You look at picture after picture and even though the caption rambles on about wellness and self-care, all you see are slim, muscular bodies that you will likely never have…not without taking extreme measures, that is. The unfortunate reality is that although the health and fitness industry is generally sincere in desiring well living and longevity for all, often the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle message is that you are not good enough as you are. Certainly, we all have progress to make in multiple areas of life. But body shaming and judging are not the answer. Body positivity is.
If you are new to the term, body positivity is simply adopting a forgiving and accepting attitude towards your body. The idea is that when you are overly critical or see your body as something to be whipped into submission, then you are more likely to resort to unhealthy exercise and eating measures to attain a certain look. A better approach to pursuing a lifestyle of health is to integrate these mindfulness principles into your movement practice.