Ignore Beach Body Pressures and Feel Confident About Your Body this Summer
It’s that time of year again, where all the glossy magazines start shouting about how important it is to get your perfect beach body in time for your summer holiday. It seems like every where you look, in your local newsagents and online, there is another perfect looking celebrity; in a skimpy bikini, boasting about how it took her two weeks to go from a size 40 to a perfect size 6.
It’s very off-putting; and as much as we try our hardest to disregard such nonsense, it is still there in the back of our minds, gnawing away at our confidence.
There are however some practical steps that we can take to counteract this negative message, and get our body confidence back.
Sneak Regular Exercise into your Daily Routine
Don’t avoid exercise. As much as the bright and chirpy woman dancing round in her hot pants to try and sell you her latest fitness video gives you a burning desire to order a pizza and slouch in front of the TV all night, resist the urge.
Whilst it is not necessary to don the leotard and start doing star jumps, getting regular exercise is important as it will help your body to function as it should, which will make it easier for you to find reasons to love your body. You can therefore start by sneaking a bit more exercise into your life without making a big deal out of it; walk places rather than take the car, exaggerate your movements when you are doing the cleaning; that sort of thing.
When you are ready to up your game, choose an exercise that you can enjoy, and make sure you get into the habit of doing it on a regular basis. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. It gives you a full body workout as all of your muscles are used; is good aerobic exercise, working your heart and respiratory system; and does not put strain on your joints in the way exercises like running and cycling can.
The current recommendation for physical activity in adults is 150 minutes a week of aerobic exercise, plus 2 sessions of strength exercises. These guidelines are not about getting a perfect beach body, but about staying healthy and strong. Your exercise regime should not be about how firm it can make your butt, but how good it can make you feel. When done correctly, exercise can be energising, a fantastic stress relief aid, and can lift your mood.
Change Your Attitude Towards Your Body
Perception is everything when it comes to body image, so you don’t need to work on becoming a skinny size 8, you need to work on rewiring your brain.
There are many reasons to love your body. Next time you are being critical about your body, try and respond to your criticism by pointing out something amazing about your body – like the fact that it allows you to go for walks in the country; how you can touch things and grab things; how lovely it feels when somebody gives you a hug. Your body serves you well, and once you start to open your mind to how miraculous it actually is, you can start to accept your perceived faults and see them as unimportant.
Flatter Your Body with Stylish Clothing
Don’t be afraid of your lumps and bumps, simply learn how to flatter your figure with the right clothing. Contrary to what you may be thinking, summer clothing is actually fantastic for those of us who feel self conscious about our body. Think floaty kaftans, long and light maxi dresses, ponchos, and wrap around skirts. There are plenty of options, and the key is to not be afraid of our curves, but to emphasise them. If you can convincingly look like you are proud of your curves, then your confidence will shine through, and this is what other people will see.
If it is the swimwear that worries you, then you are sure to find something in the Bohn range that will allow you to head to the pool or into the sea without feeling self conscious.
You Are What You Eat
Nobody wants to be a lettuce leaf, a dry baked potato, half an apple and some rabbit food; so that’s not the nutritional advice that you will get here. Again, the point of paying attention to your nutritional intake is not to reduce your body size, but just to make you feel full of vitality, and therefore more confident.
Eating a colourful array of fruit and vegetables can help you to feel your best and make your skin glow. That is not pie in the sky, not that there is anything wrong with the occasional pie you understand, but is generally accepted scientific fact. Not only do the coloured pigments in fruit and vegetables offer fantastic anti-oxidant and and anti-inflammatory benefits, they can also effect your skin colouration, giving you a noticeable healthy, natural glow. This is particularly true of red, yellow and orange food types that contain carotenoids – a type of phytonutrient, or plant nutrient; however, dark, leafy greens also offer plenty of benefits.
One of the best ways to include them in your diet is by making smoothies. Blend some spinach, a carrot, a handful of strawberries, a banana and a kiwi with some water and ice for a delicious drink that gives you your five a day in one fell swoop. The improvements in your complexion are enough to reward you for your efforts.
Too much junk food can make you feel sluggish and fatigued. However, you still need to live your life and enjoy yourself, and if allowing yourself the odd chocolate pudding puts a smile on your face, then do it. Just try to keep these types of food as a treat, rather than a daily staple.
Above all, be mindful of every little thing that makes you happy. Practice this daily, and it will gradually become your nature to appreciate, rather than criticise, what you have been given; allowing you to focus on enjoying the things that really do matter.