You all know that I am not shy about talking about body image and accepting where you are. Heck, it’s in my header that I want you to love yourself as you are. But does it mean that you aren’t body positive if you want to exercise or you want to do something to improve yourself? In my opinion, no, as long as you trying to become better at something doesn’t come from a place of malice towards yourself about where you are right now.
I read an article a few weeks ago about body positivity, exercise and whether or not those two can be reconciled. I read a few more articles and realized that at the end of the day, no one agrees so I should just stop reading. But the question kept coming back to me, can you exercise and still be body positive? Can I exercise for the sake of bettering myself without that meaning I’m not happy with my body?
This year I have been on the exercise bandwagon and then also fallen off so hard it took me three months to wake up and realized I had gotten off. Every time that I start focusing on numbers, inches, clothing or anything that is material I begin to quickly get discouraged and internally whisper to myself, “what’s the point?” Obviously I want all of those things to be going down if I am killing it in my diet and exercise, but there’s something more that I need to be exercising for. I need to be doing it because I want to do it.
I realized that when I switched my thinking from numbers and my body, I started wanting to go to the gym. Why? Because I needed the mental break between home and work. I need to prove to myself that I can push myself. I need/am committed to something that is mentally and physically good for myself.
So my focus is now on how I’m doing. Am I dreading the workout? Am I engaged in the workout? Do I feel stronger than I did the workout before? Last week I was able to do a complete burpee without stopping, losing balance or doing an alternative version. I was/am so excited! Why? Because I wasn’t able to do that a month ago. When I started focusing on being engaged and my form, I was able to progress to a complete burpee!
It truly is the little things in life that can motivate you. Including a simple burpee that isn’t about my body and looks; it’s about showing that I am working on something that is hard for me and becoming better at it. Even if it takes falling on your face a couple of times to get there. When I took the focus off my body and what I wanted to CHANGE, it became about my body and what it CAN DO.
Athleisure Outfit Details
All of this being said, now that I’m trying to take care of myself more, I’ve got to get my gym gear in order! Enter that wonderful trend, athleisure. The “athleisure” trend basically is what I have done since college but suddenly it’s considered a legitimate thing. Don’t want to get out of your comfy yoga pants after the gym? Throw on a sweater that distracts from your pants that you definitely haven’t washed since sweating in them.