Lizzie Ellis NASM-CPT, CF-L1, Pn1 Want to know how to get the perfect bikini body? Put your body in a bikini. That’s it. Have a great day. OK, so maybe there’s a little more to it. I love and hate this time of year. Long days by the beach, pool or lake and carefree nights are what summer dreams are made of, but I hate this time of year because everyone freaks out about having to put on a bathing suit. We’ve all been bundled in winter clothes and haven’t seen sun in months. We’re pale and soft and it leads to dread and anxiety about that first beach trip. Cue crash diets and marathon workout sessions to try and “get ready.” If I see one more fitness magazine cover or blog post from a fitness professional advertising “5 steps to get you bikini ready” or a “beach body diet,” I’ll scream. Everyone, please calm down.
Treat your body with kindness and it will reward you. Seriously.
Here’s the deal. There is no rule about what you need to look like to rock a bathing suit at the beach or by the pool. I realize we’ve all been conditioned to think we have to look a certain way and if we don’t we should be ashamed or cover 14
up or work to “fix” ourselves, but it’s all a lie. Unfortunately, it’s a lie that is still being pushed on us by the fitness and fashion industries even though we should all know better by now. Have you ever actually looked around at everyone else at the beach or pool? How many of them actually have what you’ve been told is the “perfect” body free of fat, cellulite or stretch marks? Probably a small fraction or none at all. That’s because this ideal is a complete and total lie. Real bodies are beautiful. They’re different and they’re flawed, but they are all perfect. So where do we go from here? Do you just look in the mirror and say “I love my body” over and over again until it’s true? If only it were that simple! Or what if you just want to tighten up a little or lose a few pounds before your beach trip to boost your confidence? Is there anything wrong with that? No, not at all.
Body image is complex. It’s usually connected to how we think other people view us. You might not like what you see in the mirror because of a passing comment or deliberate dig someone made to you long ago. Or you might be convinced people are silently critical of your body because it
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