Lets face it. All of us went through a time in our lives where we weren’t happy with our bodies and wanted to change something about it, whether it be gaining or losing weight. We’re human. Everyone deals with comparing themselves to others and not always feeling as though they are good enough, so just know that you are not alone.
Although negative body image is common among a majority of people, I came across this article that talked about how having a negative body image can actually negatively impact one’s body weight. It then went on to say that if people started to love their body and self-image that they would actually have a healthier life for themselves.
Now, when I first read this statement I thought that the article was wrong. I mean, wouldn’t you have a healthier life if you wanted to change something about yourself, like lose weight? Personally, if I was content with how I looked I probably wouldn’t go to the gym as much as I do.
Feeling the need to fact-check them, I searched to see if there was other research that proved this point. Surprisingly, I did. This article talked about a research study that occurred where there were two experiment groups: one that worked out and one that read a magazine (it should be noted that the groups did not consist of anyone who was overweight or had health issues).
A small study published this month in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise found that just 30 minutes of exercise can have a positive affect on a woman’s body image. Women felt both slimmer and stronger immediately after they finished their workout and the feeling lasted for at least 20 minutes post-workout.
I knew that it was scientifically proven for people to feel better after a workout, but I never thought that it would have a positive impact on someone’s body image (even if only for a little bit).
With that being said, the research concluded that just by working out for just 30 minutes can improve a person’s body image even if there wasn’t any physical change and they looked the same.
I think that it’s crazy what exercise can do to a person’s opinions on themselves. I think it’s really great and something that everyone should do. I mean, if working out for only 30 minutes would make you love yourself and appreciate your body a little more, wouldn’t you want to do that?
If you can’t go to the gym, try to listen to others when they tell you positive things about you. I know a lot of people roll their eyes when people give them compliments about things that they are insecure about, but accepting these compliments will help your self-confidence in yourself grow and might even help you love the things that you were once insecure about.
While I was writing this blog post I remembered a Buzzfeed video that I had previously watched and I thought that you might enjoy seeing how people go from being insecure about something about themselves or their body to becoming a little more positive about their self-image.
I know that loving yourself is hard, but by working out and accepting others compliments I think that you might find yourself closer to a positive body image.
Until next time…