It seems like everyone and their brother has an opinion about what is best for your body. Of course, you want to look buff if you’re in your bikini on the beach, so you try to stick to healthier foods, but there may be a few junk food runs in the mix.
Staying active is a good way to keep your body humming along, but after a hard day at the office, it can be a daunting task to get off the couch.
When you think about it, our bodies do so much for us and they can take a lot of abuse – both physically and emotionally. It’s important to give thanks for your body. That gratitude will help you to treat it better and feel better in your own skin.
It is hard to be grateful when you think your body is unattractive, or you are experiencing chronic illness or pain. Here are five tips to give thanks for your body:
1. Write a letter to your body.
At first glance, this seems kind of silly, but writing a letter can help you to verbalize what it is that is amazing about your body. Start at the top and move all the way to the bottom of your body and think about one way each area of your body has benefited you.
For example, lungs that breathe in oxygen and a heart that delivers that oxygen to your entire being. When you stop to think about this automatic process that gives life, you can feel awe.
2. Ease in to Exercising
It’s tempting to overdo it when you first start exercising but exercise doesn’t have to be painful and miserable. Moving your body gently can provide what it needs without causing pain and agony. Simply stretching, taking a walk, or moving through water can be an act of gratitude.
3. Listen to Your Body Signals
Your body is always providing feedback. Often, we ignore the body’s signals and try to enforce external rules. Try to focus on your body and become in tune with it. Let it tell you when to eat and what to eat. Let it tell you when to rest and when to move.
4. Get Regular Check-Ups
It can be a real pain to take off work to go to the doctor, not to mention paying those annoying co-payments. Schedule a physical once a year, and follow your doctor’s recommendations.
You may need lab work, and other tests like a mammogram or colonoscopy. I can personally testify that a colonoscopy ranks about as high on the fun zone as a root canal. You have to have a prep day before you’re scheduled, and you’ll need to stay close to the toilet. You usually sleep during the procedure and then you’re done.
5. Wear Clothes That Fit
It is fun to go shopping and look at all the nice clothes. Skinny jeans are all the rage, but if you have bigger calves and thighs, they are probably going to be too tight.
If you want to lose weight it is tempting to buy a smaller size so you’ll be motivated to keep moving towards your weight goals, but you need clothes in your current size that feel comfortable and look attractive. Once you lose all the weight, then you can do some fun shopping for smaller clothes.
Don’t take your body for granted. Treat it right, and you’ll enjoy good health for many years to come.