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Avoiding the Pressure of Getting a “Summer Body”

Spring is here: that means flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer and the fitness industry begins its pressure of having to work towards your “summer body.” It’s tiring because it happens every year and leaves so many people feeling bad about not achieving a certain look in time. 

Your body exists year-round - through all the ebbs and flows of life. It doesn’t have to look a certain way during specific times of the year. Here are some tips for avoiding this pressure: 

Unfollow anyone promoting “getting a summer body” 

If it makes you feel bad or insecure, unfollow and don’t look back. You can also mute accounts if you want a more temporary solution. 

Continue following your current workout and food plan

If you are following a workout plan that you’re enjoying, keep doing that. There’s no need to change things up if what you’re currently doing is working. If you want to change up your plan anyway, make sure it is a sustainable way and not a temporary program. 

Have a support system 

Surround yourself with friends, family, or a support group who uplift and empower you, regardless of your body shape or size. Seek out relationships that value you for who you are as a person, not just how you look.

Shift the Focus

Instead of focusing solely on achieving a specific body type, shift your focus to overall health and well-being. Concentrate on nourishing your body with healthy foods, staying active, and prioritizing self-care.

Challenge Unrealistic Standards

Recognize that the "summer body" ideal portrayed in media and society is often unrealistic and unattainable for most people. Challenge these standards by celebrating body diversity and embracing your unique shape and size.

Practice Self-Compassion

Be kind to yourself and practice self-compassion on a daily basis. Remind yourself that your worth is not determined by your appearance. 

Focus on What Your Body Can Do

Shift your perspective from how your body looks to what it can do. Appreciate your body for its strength, flexibility, and ability to move rather than what it looks like. Our bodies are amazing, so practicing gratitude for everything your body can do can help with this perspective shift. 

Set Realistic Goals

Set realistic and achievable health and fitness goals that focus on long-term well-being rather than short-term aesthetics. Your health journey is lifelong, not just about one season. So having goals that are sustainable and good for your overall health is key. 

Surround Yourself with Supportive People

Having people who uplift and empower you, regardless of your body shape or size is so important, especially when there are external pressures. Chances are many people you know are feeling the same way, so reach out to connect. 

Engage in Activities You Enjoy

Engage in activities and hobbies that bring you joy and fulfillment, regardless of whether they contribute to achieving a "summer body." Focus on activities that make you feel good mentally and physically.

Seek Professional Help if Needed

If you're struggling with body image issues or disordered eating, consider seeking support from a therapist or counselor who specializes in body image and eating disorders.

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