There seems to be some turmoil among the fitness and body positive communities when it comes to the idea of loving yourself and making an effort for self-improvement. The big question:
Can you be body positive and still support physical change?
I think the answer is yes, as long as the changes you are making to your body are your own choices, made for you and you only, not for others. I also believe that these changes should not be conditional, meaning we should never rely on our physical changes to be our only source of happiness, self-worth, or social acceptance. It’s hard to embrace the concept of both being happy with yourself and still wanting to change. I get it. But it helps to think of it like this:
Think of a person who you love. You love them as they are, unconditionally, right? Hopefully yes! And even if you love them unconditionally, you still want them to feel their best and happiest, right? Hopefully yes! The same goes for you. You can practice self-love and unconditional acceptance of who you are, and still choose to make changes based on what makes you feel most like you.
Making changes doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t love yourself, just as the lack of change doesn’t mean you hate yourself.
What does being “body positive” really mean?
How do you feel about this? Do you think you can change your body and still be body-positive?