Body positivity has grown over the last decade or so. We see more and more models and spokespeople with common and relatable body types which is great for inclusivity. As a 60+-year-old pro-aging fitness enthusiast and lifestyle influencer, this movement has helped me tremendously; I keep myself in good shape, but I'm far from perfect like the models we're used to seeing on billboards, magazines, and social media.
These changes have often been boiled down to a specific statement: love your body. This is usually the reasoning behind incorporating more realistic-looking models, doing away with societal and brand stereotyping of what a “model” should look like, and appreciating the unique beauty of every person's body. While the concept of "love your body" is excellent, I have another one that resonates even more deeply with me at this time in my life.
Respect your body.
You Only Have One
When you respect your body, you acknowledge that it is precious. It is, quite literally, your home, and the only one you will ever live in. With this in mind, why wouldn't you treat it with the regard and consideration it deserves?
I respect my body in many different ways. While I still go beast mode in the boxing gym, aging is inevitable. As such, there are certain things I can't do as much of when exercising due to gradual wear and tear. Because of this, I've modified my workouts so I can still get the same results without experiencing pain and exposing myself to a more serious injury. I'm respecting my body by recognizing its limitations and not asking it to do something potentially unsafe.
I also eat in a healthful manner, embracing a keto/intermittent fasting lifestyle . If your insides are like the engine in a car, shouldn't you always try to give it the best fuel? I'm not one who measures their food down to the last gram, and I do indulge in keto treats and have my “cheat days” every two weeks (pizza or Mexican are my favorites!) I eat clean. When you respect your body, you give it the nutrients it requires, which will help you look and feel good! I have a wonderful supplement and skincare routine thanks to MDRLabs and Clientele Beauty, and that helps me to take care of my body from the inside out. I do my best to get proper sleep, hydrate myself properly, and have my “me” time to recharge.
Why We Do It
The "why" is important here. The reason we do what we do. Loving your body is important. Respecting your body? Essential. But who, or what, are you doing it for? Are you doing it because you're simply searching for approval from others? Or are you doing it because you want to live a long, healthy, and disease free life.
I respect my body because I want to be around- vibrant and healthy- as my daughter progresses through life. I respect my body because I like the feeling of still being able to crush it into my 60s. "Age is just a number" is a common phrase that I use often, but unless I put in the hard work, those are just words.
My actions make them a reality, and they can for you too!