My mother and I have made some body positive resolutions this year—namely, we just want to move! We both work at home and often find ourselves homebound or simply sitting for a long, long time, and we want to get strong and stay strong for the rest of our lives by making sure we move our bodies. That’s it.
No weight loss (any would be welcome for us, but not required—kind of a like a birthday party for the kid who has everything), no pressure, no guilt. Just movement and having fun, enjoying our bodies and ourselves. Her plan is to work out by walking when it’s nice out and using her elliptical trainer when it’s cold.
My plan is also to walk, as we rejoined the rec center, as well as to do my dance and workout DVDs each day. I’m not up to a full hour yet, but I’m getting there, and I adore Latin dancing. I really recommend Latin Grooves, which is all about having a good time. The leader never mentions weight loss, though she does mention being beautiful, sexy and strong.
I see a lot of bad reviews on Amazon about this program, and I feel like I need to post a rare review because I love it! The heart and soul of Latin dance—combined with some funky tribal steps—are just so apparent and I have so much fun doing it. I lived in Spain for a few months, so maybe that’s why I really enjoy it.
What’s your body positive resolution? If you don’t have one, you can watch this body positive video and think up one for yourself today. And don’t worry about it being too late in the year; you can start any day, any month! Here are a few ideas that you might want to use for a body positive resolution…
Choose a way to move every day that makes you feel good, whether it’s aerobics, walking or dancing with your children.
Make peace with food. Eat when you’re hungry and stop when you’re full. Eat what makes you feel good!
Compliment yourself every day in the mirror. Say “I love you,” or just tell yourself how gorgeous you look and feel. I told myself, “I’m so proud of you!” yesterday and made myself cry. I’m serious, this is a good thing!
Drink lots of water to hydrate yourself when you are thirsty.