Before we get to body positivity quotes, let’s consider what body positivity or body confidence means.
The concept of body positivity has its roots in the 1960s. A movement started that had the goal of ending the culture of fat-shaming and discriminating against people because of their body weight.
Today, body positivity means appreciating your body, despite any flaws. It means feeling confident about your body. It means that you should accept and love your body.
I agree with this position. We should appreciate and accept our bodies. Anything else only leads to problems, in particular, mental problems.
Unfortunately, it isn’t always that easy…
Some people have 100% body confidence no matter their body size. They go about their lives and focus on other things that are important to them.
Others become their own biggest body critics…
For some, it leads to depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. This is unfortunate and requires action, which should probably include counseling.
For others, it leads to motivation to change what they don’t like. Then they do something positive about it, like join my Warriors program where we focus on healthy eating, sensible exercise, good mindset, and having fun.
7 Inspiring Body Positivity Quotes
Here are 7 body positivity quotes that will help you see that your body deserves your respect and care:
“You Are Your Own Best Friend”
It sounds like such a cliché, but it remains true. When you catch yourself bad-mouthing your body, stop! Remind yourself that it is the only body you have and that it does a lot for you. It puts up with a lot. It takes you places. It is your friend. Be kind!
“You are imperfect; permanently and inevitably flawed. And you are beautiful.”– Amy Bloom
Yes, you are. And you know what? So are we all. Nobody on earth is perfect. Everybody has something about their body that they would like to change. Everybody! Accept this, and tell your body that it is beautiful. Because it is!
“When you accept yourself you are freed from the burden of needing others to accept you.”
If you accept yourself as you are, first and foremost, you will not be worrying about whether others accept you or not. But if you don’t accept yourself, you will constantly have doubts about others, even if they show that they do accept you. It all begins with you.
“Kindness makes you the most beautiful person in the world no matter what you look like.”
Treating other people with kindness is far more important than being concerned about impressing them with your appearance. People who don’t value you for your kindness and the value you bring, don’t deserve your friendship anyway.
Up to this point, our body positivity quotes suggest that you decide what you want your body to look like, and not to let others decide for you. Now we’ll look at some body positivity quotes to help you keep the right perspective when you decide to make some changes.
“Workout because you love your body not because you hate it”
The same goes for eating. You want to choose meals and do workouts because you love your body and want to make it healthier, stronger, and fitter. It is about what you want for yourself and your body, and not what you think others want.
“You can’t hate yourself happy. You can’t criticize yourself thin. You can’t shame yourself worthy. Real change begins with self-love and self-care.”– Jessica Ortner
This one says so much! It all begins with you and accepting yourself for who you are. Once you embrace yourself, it so much easier to make changes that are good for you and for your body. It is all done from a point of embracing positivity, and not trying to fight against negativity.
“I love taking care of myself. We only have one body apiece, and it’s going to expire sometime, and I’m going to make sure it’s a long, long time from now.”– Carrie Underwood
Another gem! As Carrie Underwood says, we all only have one body. If we want to give ourselves a good shot at living a long time, we need to take care of our bodies. But our efforts need to come from a mindset of loving our bodies and wanting to care for our bodies, and not trying to react to other people’s or our own body criticism.
To Recap: Lessons From These Body Positivity Quotes
These body positivity quotes make a few important points about our bodies:
- Our bodies are our business and nobody else’s. It doesn’t matter what other people think, it only matters what we think.
- We need to cut our bodies some slack. Nobody’s body is perfect, including ours. Embrace your body, flaws and all… it’s the only one you have.
- Take good care of your body, but do it because you love your body and want to give it everything it needs to do its job for you.
- Our bodies are only one aspect of our lives. Taking care of our minds and treating others with kindness and respect are two of many other important aspects of our lives.
- What you put in your body and how active you are, are two things that you have 100% control over. Take control and live the life that you want!
Now it’s your turn. What do you think of these body positivity quotes? Do you have anything you’d like to add? Let us know in the comments…