While most of us, aren’t just as obsessed with fitness, health, and wellbeing, there are some seriously problematic areas in this industry.

Chief among those is how the fitness and nutrition world can become “diet and exercise culture” which can be a breeding ground for self-hate, body image problems, and emphasis on achieving a specific aesthetic.

And while yes, you’re more than welcome to set physical goals for yourself, the changing shape of your physique is merely a side effect of taking positive steps to care for your body (the one true temple you’ve been given on this earth.) 

By nourishing yourself, moving mindfully, hydrating, and emphasizing overall wellbeing, you’ll be improving your energy, shifting into a happier mindset, and living more joyfully. All of this has nothing to do with losing weight or changing how you look.

To have the most enjoyable experience as you improve your health and wellness, it’s important to remind yourself that your body is incredible at every stage of the game.

Ahead, are body positive quotes I love that’ll keep you positive on your health journey.

How Inspirational Quotes Can Help

It can feel so validating when someone puts your thoughts and struggles into words. Our thoughts about ourselves, our bodies, and our feelings can seem abstract, and then *BAM* — you read something articulate, and wonder if that person was reading your brain (you might also find yourself asking “Is that person my therapist?!” because of how at peace you feel after reading a simple sentence). 

And at a minimum, these eloquent and effective reminders are short and sweet boosts of the positivity your brain needs to keep your mind and body on track. 

Words have power, and these are some gooood words. Check ‘em out.

Your Body is Always Your Home 

“Speak to your body in a loving way. It’s the only one you’ve got. It’s your home, and it deserves respect.” — Iska Lawrence (2017 TEDx Talk) 

Believe in Yourself 

“What could happen if you believed in yourself as much as you believe in, cheer on, and encourage those you love? — Jenna Kutcher 

Embrace Worthiness

“You are loved. You are beautiful. You are smart. You are kind. You are important. You matter.” — Joanne Encarnacion

Mind > Everything

“Change the shape of your mind, not the shape of your body.” — Chikari Collective

There’s More to Life

“You are not alive just to pay bills and lose weight.”— Caroline Dooner

Release the Shame

“What we don’t need in the midst of struggle is shame for being human.”— Brené Brown

Try Approval

“Remember, you have been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn’t worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens.” — Louise Hay

Treat Yourself 

“Take care of yourself as if you’re the most awesome person you’ve ever met.” —  Jen Sincero You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Feel Beautiful

“Feeling beautiful has nothing to do with what you look like, I promise.” — Emma Watson

Befriend Your Body

“And I said to my body. softly. ‘I want to be your friend.’ It took a long breath. And replied ‘I have been waiting my whole life for this.” ― Nayyirah Waheed

It starts with being really, really, upfront with what makes you insecure. Think about it, say it in your head. Now that you have that insecurity in front of you, we’re going to face it with some very tough questions so we can really battle it head-on.

Question #1: “ Why Let this Cause a Bad Day?”

Question #2: “Why Let it Take Away Your Confidence?” 

Question #3: “Why Let this Have Power?” 

Keep These Quotes Close By

Write these in your journal, on your day planner, or on a post-it on your mirror. I have post-its all over the place to keep me reminded.

Maybe make some art with them, or put them in calendar reminders in your phone. Leave yourself little surprises in different areas around your house, so you can stumble upon these inspiring, uplifting body positive words when you least expect them.