It seems as though Grounds goes through a complete transformation as Spring emerges, and the chance of snow slowly decreases. There are crowds of people on the Lawn, in sun dresses, Nike running shorts, and sunglasses. However, this sunny, warm weather can bring out insecurities.
As a former competitive athlete, I used to be fit all year round. It didn’t matter what season it was, I had no insecurities with my body. Since I don’t work out as much as I used to and am not nearly in the same shape as I was, I feel as though I have taken that phase in my life for granted, and it has begun to take a toll on my perception of my own body.
We bundle up and stay inside during the Winter, most of us probably not focusing much on physical fitness, despite the many claims of “how to get fit indoors!” and other articles that seem so appealing but never really seem to work. As the weather and styles change, here are some ways to emerge from the harsh Winter and feel your best.
1. Be active. Try walking to class or going for runs. These short, simple tasks can make you feel much better and healthier. Ask a friend to join you, it’s motivational and allows you to socialize. Even if you start running for short distances like me, just getting outside and embracing the weather is a guaranteed pick me up.
2. Swap unhealthy treats for fruit. It’s easy to reach for an unhealthy snack to quickly satisfy cravings while studying or going between classes. Having some chocolate from time to time is acceptable, but try swapping fruit in occasionally. Strawberries are my personal favorite–they are still sweet but don’t leave me feeling guilty like Hershey’s Kisses.
3. Be yourself. You don’t have to run five miles a day and eat completely healthy to feel good about yourself, and you don’t have to be the skinniest, fittest girl on Grounds. Stop and consider your decisions, such as the ones above, and choose ones that will make you feel better.
Remember, insecurities are all in our minds. You have complete control over your life, and how you embrace your body. Allow yourself to enjoy this warm weather and don’t stress over how you look in sundresses and Nike running shorts. Do things that you love, if you’re like me and just feel not as good about yourself as you know you should, join me in making a few healthier choices to take advantage of this gorgeous season.