A staggering 91 percent of women hate their bodies.* Women and girls of all ages weigh themselves and stare in the mirror, critical of their own beautiful bodies. Their day-do-day routines are disturbed by relentless negativity.
You’re not pretty enough.
Your legs aren’t skinny enough.
Your stomach isn’t flat enough.
Your skin isn’t clear enough.
Those thoughts are exhausting and interfere with life activities, causing many girls to struggle in school or work or with relationships. Those thoughts can lead to disordered eating patterns, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, and other dysfunctional behaviors.
Humans like to look at other humans. It's natural.
Social media is one of the quickest ways to grow a following for you, your brand or your company. The most popular social platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) are very, very visually driven. In the health and fitness industries, it’s plain to see that body content garners more likes, comments, and shares.
But don’t let Instagram algorithms trick you into thinking that body content is the only content that will give you traction. There is no correlation between your success and your body. Just as importantly, there is no correlation between your Instagram content and your self-respect.
After struggling with severely disordered eating, Elizabeth Knowles found solace through an unsuspecting avenue. When her friends and family learned she planned to compete in a bikini competition, she was bombarded with disapproval.
“People told me this would only make things worse,” Knowles said. “Everyone said my obsession would get stronger and I’d spiral back into my old habits.”
Bodybuilding turned out to be thoroughfare to Knowles’ recovery. Since adolescence, she grappled with orthorexia nervosa, a term not even added to the popular lexicon until a few years ago. Orthorexia is an eating disorder not about thinness, but about a moral fixation on consuming “pure” foods.
Do you have a morning ritual or are you just rolling with the punches every day? You’ve probably read blog posts titled something like “Ten things you should do before 6 a.m.” and you’ve probably thought, how does anyone do 10 things before 6 a.m.?
These posts are everywhere because it’s true that a solid morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day. What’s not true, however, is that you have to work out, do yoga, journal, drink green tea, and read a chapter of a gratitude book all before you go to work. That’s impossible for the average person with a job and/or family.
What you can do is pick one or two of those things, or something completely different, and commit to doing them every morning. I think you’ll notice that a productive morning leads to a productive day. An added bonus is that you’ll feel good and proud of yourself for accomplishing things that are important to you so early in the day.
Here are five tips for establishing a morning ritual if you don’t already have one.
Simple Changes Could Relieve Pain or Improve Performance
We know about the benefits of weight training: improved body composition, muscular strength and endurance, increased metabolism, etc. The list goes on. Weight training also comes with inherent risks, just like any physical activity.
As a personal trainer, I spend a lot of hours at the gym. I see many people working with great form, but I see many more working with bad form. Those same people are the ones who leave the gym plagued by low-back pain, a stiff neck or achy knees. Exercisers with improper form are also prone to hit plateaus sooner or more often than those with good form.
It’s easy to get caught in the hype of hitting a personal record or burning your muscles out on drop sets. But if you’re hurting in places you probably shouldn’t be hurting, or you can’t seem to push past a plateau, take a step back and analyze your own form. What could you do better?
About the F-Word
"Food" is the F-word. And the F-Word blog is all about helping you find your food-life balance. After battling an unhealthy relationship with food and body image for years, I'm dedicated to helping others avoid those misfortunes. Read on for nutrition guidance, lifestyle tips and stories from other bad-ass people who also overcame disordered eating.