Healthy Body Image: Appreciating Your Inner Beauty

How is your body image?  Do you truly feel you appreciate yourself every day? It’s so easy to look at a model in a magazine or an actor on TV and feel badly about yourself. It’s important to learn how to develop or improve your healthy body image.

Healthy Body Image: Appreciating Your Inner Beauty
Christina leaving a “You Are Beautiful” note on a restroom mirror for Operation Beautiful in 2014.

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The Trouble with Images

The trouble is that a lot of the images that females and even males are comparing themselves against now are unrealistic for a healthy female or male. For example, a model in a magazine might be Photoshopped to make her look thinner than she actually is or to make him more muscular. An actress in a movie might have an eating disorder or an actor may be on steroids or performance-enhancing drugs. When we compare ourselves against images, we can’t know if the females or males behind the images are healthy. Your goal should be to have a healthy body and a body you love.

An Exercise to Help You Appreciate Yourself Every Day

Whether you have your ideal body or not at this moment in time, you can still love yourself. Here’s an exercise to help you appreciate yourself every day:

Every morning, look in the mirror and think of one thing that you love about yourself. It could be your eyes, your intelligence, your smile.  It can be anything about you. Look at yourself in the mirror and say, “I love my _______ (whatever you chose for the day).” Do this exercise at least once a day (more often if you like). You can even find multiple things you love about yourself each day.

The more you do this exercise, the better you should feel about yourself. Don’t  worry if what you feel is more of a “like” than a “love” at first, but the love you feel for yourself should get stronger over time.

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Having a Healthy Body and a Healthy Body Image

You can change your body for the better through an extremely healthy diet and a regular exercise routine. Adding new exercises to your workouts, educating yourself on nutrition, and adding healthier habits  to your diet by completing the 30-Day Nutrition Challenge are fantastic ways to improve your healthy body image. The healthier lifestyle you live, the better you will feel and the better you will typically feel about your body image. The keys are to appreciate yourself wherever you are in your body-image journey, to live a healthy lifestyle, and to appreciate your inner beauty.

I always find my body image about myself is at its best when I eat my healthiest, am consistent in my workouts, and when I really take care of my body and my self. When I’m doing what I believe in and when I feel I’m doing my best, I feel much more confident.

How will you improve your body image?

Have fun!

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  1. 6.16.15

    good article Christina – I have a daughter (age 12) so this article was good to read.

  2. 12.19.15

    Great article Christina! Some are quick to jump to a plastic surgeon to get something fixed with intrusive surgery. Ladies, eat healthy and exercise reguarly, a simple 30 minute walk can do wonders.

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