A friend asked me how you can be body positive and an athlete at the same time. It’s a great question, because I don’t think the two have to be mutually exclusive. In fact, they can go hand in hand, if that’s what you’re about! All you need are these key points:
✨all bodies are worthy or respect & love
✨athletic ability & health can’t be judged by appearance
✨athleticism and health doesn’t make anyone superior to another
✨movement should come from a place of joy, not punishment or sacrament
✨bodies are beautiful and capable of so much!
That’s literally it! Shifting to a body positive mindset allowed me to actually enjoy the activities I love – soccer, running, hiking, swimming. It disconnected me from the ingrained need to “work off” my food/weight and brought me back to a place of fun.