Your Body Is Already Fierce, Rethink Those New Year’s Resolutions

Chloe Pedley Jan 8, 2016 0 comments 0

It's that time of year where there is SO much pressure to make new year's resolutions.

The gyms are telling you, the magazines are telling you, heck, you're probably even telling you!

It seems that fitness professionals are capitalising on your feelings of inadequacy, shame, and self loathing too.

Fitspo works for an industry that relies on bodies being imperfect. If all we wanted to do was eat good food and move ourselves to stay healthy, we wouldn't need inspiration; we'd just do it.

Sadly, there is an multi billion dollar industry geared an making sure that we do NOT feel okay with ourselves and that perfection is always just out of our reach.

Encouraging people to maintain a positive attitude towards their body and weight is healthy, right?

Weight-loss goals may seem innocuous, but let's examine that a little.

Despite the fact that an enormous number of people suffer from eating disorders, attributed to a society that tells them smaller is better, many trainers, gyms, weight loss companies, fitness promoters, clothing labels, and supplement producers rely on you believing you're not good enough.

26.5 percent of our youth have

 negative body image!

(Source Butterfly Foundation Australia)

If you were to wake up tomorrow feeling fantastic, confident, and perfectly okay with yourself, the majority of these companies would be out of business quick smart; or at the very least scrabbling to change their marketing message.

Take this post for example, reward

(image source)

 

According to the graphic, and SO many more like it, At 72kg, you're not good enough...

At 68kg, you're not good enough...

63kg, you're not good enough...

At 58kg you're not good enough...

When you have finally shrunk yourself to a socially acceptable size, you deserve a vacation... and it's at this point that we are going "What the actual?!"

Pffffffttt, go and get your rib tattoo, you're an adult, and you don't need to earn your self care.

polkascuse me

Here's the thing, if we judge our self worth by the scales alone, we are never going to measure up. Our weight fluctuates throughout the day, throughout our menstrual cycles, through out the year. Our weight is NOTHING more than our interaction with gravity, and of all of the metrics we COULD be measuring in our body, it's possibly the most pointless.

If we're not going to measure the girth of our thumbs, or the weight of our hair - we shouldn't be measuring our gravitational pull.

Furthermore, no matter HOW much we weigh there is going to be some company relying on the inevitable fluctuations in our weight, sitting ready to call it a failure.

If we're not going to measure the girth of our thumbs, or the weight of our hair - we shouldn't be measuring our gravitational pull.

So What Is Healthy When It Comes Nutrition and Fitness

We'd like to ditch the word fitspo all together. Because frankly there are a gazillion other body positive reasons to workout, eat things that nourish you, and feel good.

Healthy reasons to workout:

  1. Because it makes you feel accomplished
  2. Because it makes you feel badass
  3. Because you love solving problems
  4. Because you love the endorphin rush
  5. Because it makes you feel strong.
  6. Because it's fun
  7. Because it's social
  8. Because it's your alone time
  9. Because it's meditative...

Anything that doesn't reflect on your body image; because you are ALREADY enough right now!

As we say at Polkadotsi, EAT because you love yourself, MOVE because you love yourself and THINK because you love yourself!

Healthier New Year's Resolutions (Stop trying to 6 week fix yourself)

If you're going to resolve to do anything this year, resolve to love yourself more.

  1. Speak kindly to yourself
  2. Fuel your body, with all things in moderation, mostly plants, and deliciousness
  3. Move your body in ways that make you FEEL GOOD, exercise is awesome!
  4. Resolve to love your body now, not as it was, not as it could be, but now
  5. Speak out when you see a negative message and add your voice to the body positive conversation!

You deserve to feel good right now, and frankly the healthiest thing you can do for your body is to love it and treat it like it's loved.

 

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Chloe Pedley
Founder at Polkadotsi
Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband.
She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.

Chloe is the founder of Polkadotsi, mother of four little boys, and wife and lover to a magnificent husband. She's interested in all things sex and sexuality, and seeks to make a positive difference in the world by education.