Feeling good about your body

What makes a perfect body?

When your body is changing in weird and wonderful ways, like it does during puberty, it's really hard to know what's 'normal'. Many of us look to the media for guidance. We assume that the bodies we see on TV, in magazines and online are what we're supposed to look like.

Unfortunately, these bodies usually don't represent what's real, natural, normal or even healthy. In the land of celebrities and gossip magazines, girls always seem to be tall and thin, yet miraculously have big breasts, while guys are muscly and buff. In real life, very, very few people look this way. In other words, what's normal in the media in terms of body often isn't even possible for most of us.

The truth is, there's no such thing as 'the perfect body'. Airbrushing and Photoshop techniques have a lot to answer for. Even Hollywood celebrities who go on crazy diets and have personal dieticians on call 24/7 do not look the same in reality as they do in the media.

Perfect bodies don't exist. Healthy bodies do.

While aiming for a perfect body is not a healthy thing to do, you can still aim to have one that's beautiful. So what makes a body beautiful? Well, it can be big, small, voluptuous, petite or straight-up-and-down. It can be fair, dark or any shade in between. What makes it beautiful is that it's healthy, fit and taken care of. And that is something we can all aim for - and more importantly, achieve.

The way to a beautiful body

The things below will help you love the skin you're in… as you should!

  • Regular exercise. Whether it's walking with friends, jogging, playing sport at school or doing weight-bearing exercises, get moving! It will keep you fit, healthy, and of course, more toned. Aim for 30 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
  • If you're overweight or underweight, gaining or losing the kilos you need to will help you feel more positive.
  • Look after your skin. That means using sunscreen, washing your face and using a moisturiser. And it means limiting your time in the sun. Spending too much time in the sun e.g. sunbaking will leave you looking like an old paper bag by the time you're 30. Not a good look.
  • Eat a healthy diet. It'll nourish your body and brain and keep you at the correct weight.
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