Bikini season. A made-up term that can send even the most confident woman running the other direction until fall.
In fact, all too many of us dread the approaching warm weather and start to criticize our bodies: I’m too fat. I’m too skinny. I’m too pale. I’m too …
But what if we stopped focusing on how our thighs look in shorts or that extra skin on our stomach and instead focus on all the incredible things our bodies get to experience in the summer? Summer is a season designed for outdoor adventures and childish fun, a time to explore and to live. Summer is not the season for hiding.
Here are some ways to embrace your body’s greatness this season:
- Run or walk early in the morning to see the sunrise. Notice the dew on the grass, the chirping of the birds, the stillness of your neighborhood as your legs push you forward, one step at a time.
- Dive into a body of water Feel the coolness wash over your skin, and as you swim, take note of all the muscles working together to glide you across the water.
- Ride a bike up a steep hill. Listen to your breath and feel your hamstrings and your lungs burning. Then, when you reach the top, enjoy the beautiful release.
- Hike up a mountain. Absorb and appreciate being outside in nature, enjoy the warmth of the sun on your (sunscreen-covered) face, and thank your glutes for working double-time to get you to the summit.
- Dance the night away. Pop some champagne, put on some music, and dance barefoot under the stars with some friends as the cool evening breeze kisses your skin. Savor the moment of just being.
We should love our bodies for what they can do, not what they look like. Because the reality is flat stomachs and toned arms don’t make a great summer — the memories, the experiences, and the emotions that we share with others (and allow ourselves to enjoy) do.
Let’s remove the term “bikini season” from our lexicon. It’s summer time. Live it to the fullest.
How do you embrace your body’s greatness in the summer?
Image via Emily Reiter