Exercise is a great way to stay in shape, have fun, and even stop your inner critic. Think this way: when you’re playing tennis with a friend, running back and forth, hitting the ball across the court, think about how amazing your body is. Stop all those thoughts in your head about wanting to lose weight, the extra pounds around your stomach, or your flabby arms. Just stop! Think instead about how healthy you are, how strong your legs are to move you across the court, how many muscles you’re using to play this enjoyable game.
Even if you practice silencing your inner critic every day, she will return. She always returns to make you feel bad about yourself. But you have the power to stop her! When the negative thoughts start coming, imagine a stop sign. Tell her she has no power over you. Tell her you have a beautiful body and you’re a kind person. Then watch her shrink into the corner.
The best part about working out and playing sports to silence this inner critic? By thinking these positive thoughts and focusing on all the great things your body can do, you’ll slowly heal your self-image. By exercising and treating your body like a temple, you’ll learn to love yourself even more! You’ll feel and look your best.
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