Oh the wonderful digital era. It brought a faster way to connect with friends and family, access to a lot of information and of course thousands of reality shows that feature perfect bodies and lives, editorial outfits, incredible trips and people that believe you have to train insanely or you will remain the same.
I have been around the world wide web for a long time now. During these years I have witnessed diets being spread by websites, apps to control every meal, calorie counters, online personal trainers, BMI generators… Everything with one exclusive goal: the perfect body.
Nowadays I have the feeling that things are changing. With all the talk about girl power (finally), I have seen a new group rise, the LOVE YOUR BODY gang. Isn’t that great? To love every inch with or without cellulite, not taking into consideration what number the scale is showing, feeling good in any outfit, simply being who you are. I have to confess that this idea seems perfect, but the reality is that it is overpowering. At least for me.
I am a perfectionist! Not the kind that controls every single aspect of life, but I always want to be better and never accept that a task is finished. Now please tell me, how the hell will I defeat myself in such an important task as my own body?
The idea of Body Positivity is beautiful and inspiring, but for me it’s just another imposition of society. I feel the pressure to accept my body and the imposition is almost the same as that of the group that stands by the six-pack.
It was in the middle of this war that I discovered Body Neutrality. Let’s say that we are the people sitting on the fence (maybe the most reasonable group). The objetive is to be ok with your body. So ok that it will not even be noticed. That means to work out or lay down on the sofa, to have a food strategy or strategically plan a visit to the candy store, to take or not to take supplements. Simple as that. You will be aware of the points that need some work without making them an obsession. You will live inside your body not treating it like a theme or banner.
Does it make sense? It does to me. It will take a while to achieve this and one word will guide you through the middle of the war: respect. To respect your body is to make it a functional part of your life, it’s to prepare it for old age, it’s to use it for fun, it’s to feel, taste, see and listen. Your body is a temple full of history and with a lot of space to repair and expand.
In a time of extreme opinions, sitting on the fence seems an amazing idea for me. Wanna join me?
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