Exercise & Body Image
What is “body image”?
Cognizant awareness with your body and of your body as you move
Perceptions about yourself and your attributes
Body image can be both a motivator and barrier to exercise.
Participation in exercise can be influenced by perception of body image
Positive perception of one’s body image increases participation in physical activity
Stronger commitment to exercise engagement if there’s a positive relationship with your body
Motivator: appearance, body dissatisfaction, weight management,
Barrier: feel evaluated for your body, physique anxiety in social situations
How can you use body image image to help your physical health?
Shift the focus and mindset to feeling proud about exercising as you are being active and committing to healthy behaviors
Body image can influence the type of exercise you engage in, so it is crucial to find inclusive and supportive environments for exercise so you feel comfortable and have a high level of enjoyment
How can exercising support body positivity?
Improved body image and self-esteem through greater energy
Notice your body as a whole, specifically thinking about how the body’s different movements work together to provide an overall function
Be proactive and learn a new physical activity type -- there’s a diverse set of activities that encourage movement beyond the gym
Figure out what you’re capable of with your body through movement and that could shift your mentality away from appearance
Regular exercise allows you to focus on how you feel and how your muscles are working
Learn what you’re capable of!
Heightened body image through awareness of improved strength and endurance allowing you to feel more accomplished and effective!
Boost confidence through exercise as it helps with body adaptations and learning to do new things
Respect what your body is capable of doing and appreciate how it helps you move each day!