New Year New Chance to Love Your Body

It’s hard to stop and give ourselves positive feedback, especially about our figure.  I work with so many clients who have parts of their body they really don’t like.  I know what part of their body many of my clients which they could alter.  It’s very rare for someone to walk into my class and say, I love my (say any part of the body here); we don’t need to work on or fix that area in any way.

And I get it.  They come to me to work out or fix an injury, but I do sometimes worry not only for my clients, but for people in general that we are overly fixated on the fixing and rarely focused on what is good.  And, I’m just going to admit it.  Some things can’t be fixed.  If I want to be taller or shorter, it’s not going to happen. 

In 2013 I need to learn to love my legs a little bit more.  I have the body I have.  It’s not that we can’t make changes to our body, but we have our personalized basic blueprint.  No matter what I do I’m not going to have skinny, little legs that fit nicely into a pair of high boots.  It’s just not the way I’m made.  I need to stop hating my stockier legs and get used to them or find reasons to love them.  I could do squats all day long with almost no discomfort.  That’s pretty awesome and very useful if I ever become a catcher.

The point is I haven’t liked my legs for half my life.  That just seems like a waste of energy.  It seems this is a good time of year to refocus and learn to like or at least accept the parts of my body that I’ve been putting down.

Are there parts of your body you can learn to love?  Is there a part of your body that you don’t like?  Can you think of anything positive about that area?  Even an obvious point.  Like, here I’ve been hating my legs and yet they enable me to walk and run and climb to the top of mountains.  How lucky am I to have strong, healthy legs that can take me everywhere I want to go?  They don’t even hold my frustration with them against me. Come to think of it, I might have pretty awesome legs.
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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.

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