5 Ways To Love Your Body After 40
Oct 17, 2017
It’s understandable that getting another year older can have you scrutinizing your body. For many women and men turning the big 4-0 is when it really hits home.
All those birthdays, anxiously adding up to appearance panic. Is that a gray hair? Where did that wrinkle come from? When did my arms start to jiggle like that?
To be perfectly clear, the idea of ageing is more an attitude than it is something that is set in stone. Your daily lifestyle choices will be instrumental in slowing down or speeding up the hands of time.
Make peace with your age and fully embrace your life; move forward knowing that you are in charge.
Stop ageing in its tracks, with these 5 ways to love your body after 40.
#1 Love every inch your body and all of your flaws; discover and celebrate who you are right now.
The desire to appear perfect will be one of your biggest thieves of joy. Stop falling into the trap that you should look a certain way. Quit training your brain to think you’re not good enough, pretty enough, or thin enough.
- Know that you are beautiful just the way you are. I know how hard it can be to appreciate your own body, especially when you look in the mirror and all you see are your flaws. Could it be that you are so used to seeing your reflection that you’re overlooking how beautiful you really are? When others see you they are not just admiring your physical form, they take into account your personality, wit, intelligence and so much more.
- I guarantee, there is someone out there that wants what you have. Whether you know it or not, someone has looked at you and wished for your strong toned thighs, your firm round butt, or your broad sexy shoulders. If you don’t believe me, ask your friends what they love about your body and why. I’m willing to bet their answers will surprise you. It’s time you take great pleasure to celebrate in the skin you’re in.
#2 Let yoga and mindfulness guide you to cultivate and deepen the connection between your mind, body, and spirit.
Mid-life gives you the opportunity to discover who you really are and what you really want. A regular yoga and mindfulness practice impresses the need to accept life’s inevitable changes and find your true purpose. It should be a time in your life when you allow yourself to pursue your dreams rather than to quit dreaming.
- Yoga offers more bang for your buck with regard to your physical well-being and mental health than meets the eye. Encouraging involvement in your own healing and offering many vital benefits, yoga has the immense potential to be the transformative and insightful journey you have been searching for. It has a clever way of circumventing the mental patterns that cause anguish and suffering; healing your body from the inside out. When it comes to peace of mind, embracing yoga’s spiritual journey can lead to enhanced feelings of contentment and bliss.
- Feeling more motivated and invigorated, a mindfulness practice will have a positive impact on your mood, self-esteem and interaction with others. Research confirms what many religious and philosophical traditions have claimed for years, we experience our greatest joy when we are present and attentive. Easing feelings of unworthiness, tension, and anxiety, mindfulness puts you in control of your thoughts. With this higher level of awareness, you gain a sense of self-mastery and self-confidence; focusing on what really matters in your life.
#3 Be perfectly clear about what is real—of what is being served to you through social media channels.
In today’s media driven environment, the number of seemingly perfect people, living perfect lives are relentlessly flashed before your eyes every minute of every day. For many people this constant assault has led to years of pain and suffering.
- Life is too short to be in a hate state with your body. It doesn’t matter whether it’s an airbrushed model or actor, a buff pro-athlete, or a Facebook friend using an image enhancing app; you must resist the urge to compare yourself to these unrealistic societal standards. Be grateful for who you are and what you have; take time to reflect on your blessings rather than your blemishes.
- Healthy comes in all shapes and sizes. It’s time to stop beating yourself up and start being your body’s best friend instead of its worst enemy. Begin to think of your body as a finely tuned instrument, rather than an ornament. Appreciate it for all the wondrous things it has done for you—having children, healing from injuries or just getting you through 40 plus years of your life. Set your sights on being healthy and strong.
#4 You will always be a work in progress, continue to transform yourself—movement is life.
Jumpstart your journey to wellness with physical activity; exercise is about as close as you will ever get to finding the fountain of youth. Use it as a tool to become a healthier, more masterful version of yourself.
- Find a form of exercise that you enjoy and makes you feel strong. Develop an intuitive nature and find ways to stay active that promote fitness, cultivate friendships, and raise your spirits. Make exercise part of your routine because it builds a healthy body and makes you feel good. You only get one body, it is your most priceless possession, be sure to care for it.
- Stop beating yourself up every single step of the way, no body is perfect. It’s fundamental that you learn to love your body no matter what your size or shape; don’t let your physique be an excuse to keep you from participating in activities you enjoy. When life gives you curves flaunt them.
#5 Dress the body you have now, so you can go out and live the life you want.
Be yourself. Declare your personal style and wear what makes you feel confident; use your clothes as a tool for self-empowerment. Trust your intuition and seek inspiration; use fashion as a way to express yourself. Be your own art project by experimenting with different looks by pulling things together that speak to you.
- Forget about dress size, it’s not what should be dictating your self-confidence—feeling authentic and beautiful in what you’re wearing should. When you feel confident you will be at your best. Notice how you stand taller, smile brighter, and move through the day with purpose. Or as Diane von Furstenberg put it, “Confidence. If you have it, you can make anything look good."
- Stop caring so much about what other people think—be fearless and courageous. There is a direct correlation between what we wear and what we think of our potential. Learn to dress for your body type; embracing your favorite features. Know what colors look best on you; the right ones will make your eyes pop and your skin and hair glow. By defining your individual style, you are being true to yourself and will walk through life more confidently.
Mid-life can be the best time of your life.
Your present and future happiness is up to you and will depend on the choices you make for yourself beginning today. If you can change the way you view your age and envision your future health and well-being, mid-life will be a remarkable time.
Step out of your comfort zone, roll the dice, and head out to live the life you want by embracing these 5 ways to love your body after 40.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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