You don’t need to be beach body ready

As we head towards summer, there’s the usual call to get ‘beach body ready’ 🤬🤮

In this post, I’m calling bull 💩 on the messages telling you that you need to be ‘beach body ready’ before you can wear swimsuit.

I’m sharing two tips to help you ditch the pressure to be beach body ready, so you can have fun in the sun!

Listen or read below:

An elusive ideal

It’s a sad but inevitable part of summer – the messages that try to convince you to lose weight or shape up before you can wear swimwear or summer clothes.

And this summer, diet culture is piling on extra pressure to get your pre lockdown body back before you hit the beach.

So, if the thought of summer is making you body conscious – I get it!  

BUT, after more than a year living through a global pandemic, I think it’s time we prioritised taking some much-needed rest and relaxation time without the added pressure to get beach body ready!

Who wants to spend their summer holidays worrying about what their body looks like in a swimsuit?  I don’t!  I want to get my feet in the sand, feel the sun on my back, the sea breeze in my hair and the salty ocean on my skin.

So, if you’re planning a getaway and are worried about getting beach body ready, I’ve got two tips to ease that worry and get you enjoying some fun in the sun!

The ‘beach body ready’ concept is diet culture at work

It’s a concept designed to make you feel insecure and keep you buying diets. 

The diet industry makes over $70 billion a year.  They rely on dieters coming back again and again to keep the industry profitable.

Part of the industry’s success is identifying new ways to make you feel insecure about your body while convincing you that they’re helping you to be healthy.

Just because some marketing executive has coined a term and spent a lot of money promoting it in the media, it doesn’t mean you’re obliged to conform to it. 

I guarantee you that when you die, there isn’t going to be anyone at your grave side saying, “Wow, she had an amazing beach body.”

Get your mind beach ready

The only thing you need to work on before your summer break is getting your mind beach ready

This means getting clear on why this holiday is important to you and what experience you want to have. 

So, this might be an opportunity to spend quality time with your partner/family/friends in a relaxed and fun setting. 

Focus on what you are looking forward to experiencing on the break. That might be swimming, water sports, or soaking up the sun. 

How do you want to feel? Relaxed, vibrant, strong, joyful, or calm? Make this your focus. 

Visualise yourself doing all the things you want to do and feeling how you want to feel.  This will prime your mind for beach readiness.  Remember, this is a well-earned break, not a swimsuit contest!

Whatever you plan to do this summer, I hope you get some time to relax and have fun. Don’t let the expectation to be beach body ready weigh you down. 

Now focus on priming your mind for beach readiness and go enjoy yourself!

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