Step Aside Body Positivity: Body Neutrality is the New Fitness Movement

Body positivity has been a huge movement in the fitness world, but the latest trend is body neutrality. Body neutrality differs from body shaming and body positivity in that it’s not about comparing your body to others. It’s all about valuing the function of your body over form. So, instead of trying to lose belly fat, it emphasizes building a stronger core.

Taking a body neutral approach to how your body works helps you find the motivation to workout while focusing on performance. When you exercise with the goal to make your body look a certain way, you’re punishing yourself for not looking that way which makes working out painful mentally and physically. If you force yourself to do exercises you don’t like, you’re taking the joy out of working out and you won’t be able to sustain it long term.

One of your goals when working out may be to reach a version of yourself that you were years ago like getting down to your high school weight or fitting into an old pair of jeans. This makes you feel bad about how you currently look, and body neutrality allows you to let go of past versions of yourself that you hold on a pedestal. It’s important to be present in the moment and how you look, instead of trying to be a past or future version of yourself.

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Repost from @alexlight_ldn • From growing up in a larger body (left) to losing weight and then developing anorexia (right), these are just a nice little selection of all the comments I've received about my body… ⁣ ⁣ Not so pleasant, right?! And you know what? I didn't even think it was wrong at the time to receive these comments. Sure, they hurt. Some stung and stuck more than others. But I thought people were entitled to pass comment on how my body looked. I assumed it was just the way things went. ⁣ ⁣ But here's the thing – nobody is entitled to pass comment on how you or your body looks. NOBODY. Despite the fact that it's completely wrong, it's also incredibly hurtful. I bet you, reading this, can come up with a few comments of your own that have been said about you and your body. Right?⁣ ⁣ We have to end this. If you do it, please stop. And if someone does it to you? Tell them. Tell them it's not on. They will likely be mortified because nobody has ever told them not to before. And if they're not? That's on them, and it's indicative of them as a person. ⁣ ⁣ To round off, I just want to say this – you are enough. As you are. Whatever your face or your body looks like right now, you are deserving and worthy and enough.⁣ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️⁣ ⁣ Pic inspired by @georginacoxpersonaltraining #partofthesolution #healthateverysize #bodyimage #bodyneutrality #bodydiversity #bodypositivity #selflove #selfacceptance #foodfreedom #foodfreedomtherapy #bodytrust #allbodiesareworthybodies #bodykindness #bodyacceptance #bodypositive #loveyourself #loveyourbody #howtoloveyourbody #bodyliberation #allbodiesaregoodbodies

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