Celebrating International Women’s Day

Today is International Women’s Day and this year’s theme is “Inspiring Change.” This is a fitting topic for the healthy living blogging community and Jan over at Sprouts n Squats (broken link since she’s no longer blogging) thought it would be fun for a bunch of us to come together and write about it in celebration of the day.

With National Eating Disorder Awareness Week having just ended not very long ago, it’s appropriate to talk about inspiring change in how women view their bodies. 

Many women are initially motivated by looks to make healthy changes in their lives and that’s perfectly ok. I think most of us want to look good, but it has to go deeper than that.

Make healthy changes to be at a healthy weight, to enjoy the look of toned muscles and feel the positive energy that comes with that.

Feel the strength you now have to do things you didn’t know you had it in you to do, whether it be running a certain distance or lifting a certain amount of weight. Focus on what your body can do, not just how it looks.

Enjoy the energy you now have to pursue the things that are important to you, to nurture the relationships you have.

Toss aside the magazines that tell you how you should look. Love your body as it’s made. Look in the mirror and be proud of what you’ve accomplished from your healthy habits.

working out makes me feel sexy
All great reasons to workout! Source

The healthy living blogging community is full of fit and healthy women of all shapes on various stages of their fitness journeys. Click over to Sprouts n Squats to hear from many of these women and get inspired.

What inspires you to lead a healthy lifestyle?

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