Do you want a perfect Summer Body? I’m sure many people do.
But, can all those in favour of Mental wellness and body positivity please stand up.
I don’t know about you guys, but can we please stop with the body shaming already.
Okay, so that title should have read ” A Guide to a Healthy Summer Body!“ not “Perfect Summer Body”
I can bet that title heading caught your attention and made you stop by, right?
However, I loathe that article title because, I am a huge advocate for mental wellness and the promotion of healthy bodies.
Perfect Summer Body vs The Body Positivity Movement
I follow the Body positivity movement (BPM) rooted in the belief that all human beings should have a positive body image.
Do you not think it’s about time that we all challenged the ways in which we as a society present and view the physical body?
I also strongly advocate for the merging of BPM and mental wellness. The reason I advocate for the merging of BPM and Mental wellness is because I believe the two are somehow intertwined (one and the same) to a huge degree.
Why do I say this? Well, for the most part, mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. These three factors play a huge role and affect how we think, feel, and act. These mentioned factors also help determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.
If mentally we are not in a good place, this can have an effect in our decision making when it comes to looking after oneself. Meaning, your diet can be affected and therefore trickle down to affecting your health.
To conclude, rest assured that you are beautiful no matter what society says. A message for Perfect summer bodies is;
All bodies are good bodies.
At all times we should aim to have a healthy mind and body, and this can be achieved by following these 5 simple steps.
1: Exercise at least, three times a week for a “Perfect Summer Body”
This should help keep you fit and healthy. You do not need to go get a membership at a gym nor do you need to run.
You can walk 20-30 minutes a day, get some fresh air while you’re at it.
Another way to get your exercise in, is to utilise your house chores as part of your exercise.
If you find these boring, you can try and skip for 20-30 minutes daily.
2. Drink water for that “Perfect Summer Body”
Drinking at least 2 litres of water daily, has numerous health benefits.
Did you know that Water is known to be the best and the most natural hydrating liquid.
Not only does it promote cardiovascular health, it also keeps muscles and joints working, and helps cleanse toxins from your body.
If that is not a good enough reason to drink water, just remember that Staying hydrated also helps balance your blood sugar, helps relieve headaches, and to top it all, promotes healthy skin.
3. “Perfect Summer Body” equals Balanced Diet
Make sure that you are eating a balanced diet that includes protein, complex carbs, fruits and vegetables.
Why? Because, a well-balanced diet provides important vitamins, minerals, and nutrients to keep your body and mind strong and healthy.
Another important factor to remember is that, eating well can also help ward off various diseases and health complications;
As well as help maintain a healthy body weight, it provides energy, allows better sleep, and improves brain function. Just a few things to consider!
4. Assess your mood
Understanding your mood is very important as it helps you manage your day and also feel better faster.
By understanding your moods, you can also mange stress effectively.
Always remember that effective stress management helps you break the hold stress has on your life, so you can be happier, healthier, and more productive.
But most importantly always remember to talk things out with someone you trust.
5. Perfect Summer Body equals Love yourself
Self love is very important. Many of us are quick to love others whilst we neglect ourselves.
Loving yourself is just as important as loving others because it is important for your overall well-being.
Loving yourself builds confidence that allows you achieve anything you desire and also gives you the courage to face any problem that comes your way head on.
A few questions for you to consider today!
How do you currently feel about your body?
Do you feel pressured to conform or ashamed?
Are you confidently walking in your skin?
Please let us know how you cope with societal pressures on what is a good body and what is not a good body.
If you are struggling with Body Image, i would like to recommend this good read.
It is such an easy read filled with great tips and ‘reflective questions’ to help you on your journey to building body confidence.
This is a book everyone ought to read, for it provides a – well needed – fresh thinking approach to feeling good about and valuing your awesome body, right now.