“Take care of your body it’s the only place you have to live”. This quote has appeared on our insta feeds more than pancakes on any given #TreatTuesday and it’s caught our attention. More than anything, we are so excited to see this movement: it's miles away from the #thinspo that has caused major physical and psychological damage to many of us. At the same time, as we know that social media can be full of smoke and mirrors, we do wonder… are we actually executing it?
Firstly, what are we putting inside our bodies? We know we feel much better after a wholesome green smoothie and Acai bowl combo rather than a muffin and coffee downed in 3.5 seconds between appointments, but how many of us legitimately are going for option one? Or do we fall victim to the busyness of life and find ourselves winding up with option two? The most important thing here is to be honest with yourself and your behaviours. And, if it needs adjusting - taking action.
The next fundamental in caring for number one comes in the form of sleep. And no, this isn’t just when you’re curled up in bed after a Saturday night of debauchery. We need 7-8 hours per night to rejuvenate properly and consolidate our learning from that day (students, i’m looking at you!). As much as we like to think we can power through on enthusiasm, caffeine and willpower alone - we actually cant. We function at about a 30-40%, which makes you feel irritated, cranky and flat. No thankyou.
Completing this trio of body love behaviours is exercise. And that means to be active each and every day, not simply when you’re training at the gym. Walking instead of getting an Uber, making your catch ups with friends based around an activity (boxing class anyone?!) and embracing opportunities that challenge you physically, like that charity walk, or committing to 6 weeks of bootcamp. We are blessed with bodies that have the capacity to move - let’s not take them for granted.
Ultimately, we know that we don’t have to be ultra concerned if people are being authentic when they are preaching body love - time will reveal all. That said, we have faith that the progression in body love is real: and you can’t wipe the smiles off our faces.