Building body confidence    

September 1, 2018

Health and fitness expert Katie Bulmer-Cooke gives her top tips for ditching the negative mindset when it comes to body image

The term ‘body confidence’ is frequently in the media and I’ve found that, over the last five years, I am discussing the topic with clients more and more.
But how do you go from self-loathing to self-loving? The answer is, it’s not easy.
Changing your mindset is a lot harder than changing your body, but here are some hints and tips that I’ve used with my clients that can help.

Fake it till you make it
Confidence is a very attractive quality and if you love the way you look, then so does everyone else. It can take a while to ditch that negative mindset so until you get there, fake it. Carry yourself with confidence and stop saying mean comments about yourself – whether that’s in your head or out loud.

Have a social media detox
Having a scroll down your social media feeds when you’re feeling down on yourself is never a good idea. You often compare yourself to others, when in fact what you should be doing is running your own race and focusing on your own positives.
Always remember that the vast majority of people only share the best bits of their lives and the best pictures of themselves (many of which are edited).
If you really want to work on your body confidence, it’s time to unfollow the accounts that make you feel negative or even take a break from social media altogether.

Be your own best friend
That little voice in your head that whispers negative words needs to become your best friend rather that your worst enemy. Flip the negative self-talk into positive, and rather than focusing on the things you don’t like about yourself, focus on the things you do –however small. Be kind to yourself.

Get some help
If you want to feel good about yourself, improve confidence and lift your mood, then exercise is a great way to do so. Choose a gym that feels inclusive and is about bringing out the best in individuals. Opt for a gym or studio that feels super friendly and has a real mix of ages, abilities and fitness levels.

Katie Bulmer-Cooke
UK Personal Trainer of the Year 2012 & UK Fitness Professional of the Year 2013.

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