Being At Peace With Your Physical Body

A few years ago, I remember watching a Batman cartoon. It was my first introduction to the character since the 60s Adam West show (may he rest in peace). It was darker, grittier, more mature, and a lot of the subtleties it had gone over my head even as I enjoyed it as a kid.


I distinctly recall one episode involving a villain named Calendar Girl. Her real was Page, and she was a model and actress. Before she got older and the industries she used to work for rejected her, at least.


By the end of the episode, it was revealed that underneath her mask, she was still a stunningly beautiful woman. However, she was obsessed and believed herself disfigured, horribly ugly. All she could see were her flaws. She was, in essence, not comfortable with her body and her face.


It’s something that I think we all go through in life.


The media bombards us with images of idealized forms. Of perfect hourglass figures and muscle men with more tone than an orchestra. They tell us this is what we’re supposed to look like, this is what you should aspire to be.


What does that do to most of us, who can’t meet those standards? Moreover, how unhealthy is it for the people who have to obsess over keeping that image? The situation, my friends, is an untenable one. It produces an unhealthy perception of body image and is harmful to your mental and spiritual well being.


This isn’t healthy.


Now, being comfortable with your body doesn’t mean you stop going to the doctor or that you cease whatever advise a clinic like was giving so you can get better.


Being comfortable with your body is about the ability to understand that you don’t need to live up to this image or that ideal. You can be who you are, in the right frame that suits you. You don’t need to be bodybuilder perfect or to have the curves of a racing yacht. As long as your body is healthy, that’s what matters.


Of course, making peace with your body this way isn’t easy. Not with the media on your back. Certainly not if you have bad habits.


Here are a few ways I’ve figured out over the years. These all help you ease yourself into liking your body, while also staying healthy.


You want to focus on one meal at a time. All those long-running diet plans that work out meal after meal, calculating numbers no one wants to really keep track of. These don’t work for the average person. No, what you want is to just focus on the choices you have in front of you right now, instead of the past or the future.


Ignore exercise plans that promise results. You know what works best when you exercise? Repetition.


You want a workout plan that you’re comfortable with. Maybe even one that you enjoy. If you do this, you are setting yourself up for repeating that workout regularly. That goes a long way towards better health than any plan that gives “results” but you can’t stand doing.


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