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Body Acceptance Week 2021- Friday

Physical Activity for Every Body

Body-Positive Exercise and Intuitive Exercise: It's Not About the "FitSpo"

There are many reasons to exercise that have nothing to do with losing weight or changing your body shape. Reducing stress, improving mood and sleep, and increasing strength and stamina are just a few. But the gym can sometimes be a less than welcoming place for many. Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS, Nutrition Therapist, Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor and author of Unapologetic Eating, describes body positive fitness as "an alternative to the traditional fitness environment."

"Body positive fitness should offer community or engagement-based movement for people of all body sizes, shapes, colors, abilities, genders, etc. without the intent to manipulate or change the body. Movement at these facilities or with these trainers should be welcoming, with a focus on what feels right for each individual, how to strengthen (not “tone”), and recognize the impact on mental health. As we know, our bodies benefit in numerous ways from exercise, not including weight loss."

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