Can Body Positivity and Fitness Go Hand in Hand?

I think there is a huge misconception that these two movements are somehow against each other and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Body positivity started as a movement to help men and women love their bodies no matter what flaws, scars, or imperfections they had. The message that you do not have to be a size 2 to love yourself or be loved by someone else is a message I strongly agree with and stand behind.

But, with all of the #fatshaming and #effyourbeautystandards, body positivity has become (for some not all! – don’t get all over sensitive one me) a place where bashing people who workout or have the desire to lose weight and be fit is OK. Guess what? That’s not the point of this movement. And it’s not OK. (Yes, I’m saying the people complaining about fat shaming are now fit shaming).

Why are we shaming people who want to get healthy? That doesn’t mean they hate themselves or their body. And if it did, why would we make them feel worse about that? The body positivity movement should be all inclusive! It doesn’t matter what your fitness level is – we love you and you should love yourself. Unfortunately, what the movement has turned into is not so welcoming.

Now, while some may view fitness as a means of achieving unrealistic body goals, a small percentage of the world really goes to that extreme. Fitness is a way to keep your body (and sometimes your mind!) healthy. Fitness is not against fat. And it is not a one size fits all! Sure, many people start a fitness routine to lose fat, but there is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight, achieve a desired physique, or just wanting to be stronger. And there is nothing wrong with loving your body while you work to achieve those goals.

I am so glad to finally see some big influencers in the body positivity movement posting about their workouts. They are not ripped and tiny, but they workout because they like it and it makes them feel good. They shouldn’t have to hide that from their “fans.” They are allowed to do whatever makes them happy.

Workout, be healthy, be lazy, and gorge on pizza and love your body through it all. Be healthy and happy. Ladies, you don’t have to be a size 2 bikini model. And gentleman, you don’t have to have 20 inch biceps. You do, however, owe it to yourself to keep yourself physically and mentally healthy. That will look different on everyone. Either way, though, know you are fly as hell just the way you are.

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