As you all know by now, Clarity Fitness is one of the very few explicitly “body positive” gyms in the country. We pride ourselves on our entire mission stemming from the idea that all bodies are good bodies (yes, INCLUDING yours), and we want to be here to help you find fun options of ways to move your body when it feels like moving. But body positivity is a journey: one that truly never ends, and also one that can be very difficult to start.
I (Sara) can speak a little bit more to how difficult it can be to start my body and mind and soul moving in the direction of body positive practices. Throughout high school and the beginning of college, I heard about “body positivity”, but I wasn’t on board in the slightest. I knew it was the trendy and “correct” thing to claim, but I was completely reluctant to engage with the actual rhetoric and ways to practice it within my own body. And guess what: that is okay. The staff at Clarity, and particularly Abbey our fearless leader, may be ten steps in front of you on your journey. But THAT IS OKAY. We are here for every step: from not knowing what body positivity even is, to feeling like you might want to start but not knowing how, to continuing to educate yourself even when you consider yourself an “expert”.
It can be pretty terrifying to try and start engaging with body positivity, and it can also feel like you will never be able to do everything right, to “catch up”, to be the perfect advocate. And guess what again? NONE of us are perfect advocates. None of us do everything right. None of us can claim to know everything, to practice every bit of what we preach every single day, to not have hard days, to not feel lost, to have started with all the knowledge. There’s no need to ever believe someone who claims to be “perfectly” body positive. And we hope this assuages some of the feelings of hesitancy that newer folks to the idea of body positivity have.
So: you’re new to body positivity. You don’t quite know how to really commit to it for yourself, especially with years of media consumption and consumer culture that has convinced you that bodies are meant to look a certain way. You come across Clarity, and like the mission, but don’t feel like you can be a part of it. YOU are the people we want to join our family the most. So we’ve put together a little list of different small steps that one can take at the very beginning of their body positive journey, to begin to feel more comfortable and open to the ideas.
It can be SO intimidating to start a journey towards a body positive mindset in life. The key is always to find folks and community that can meet you where you are, pick you up when you are down, cheer you on, and learn alongside you. Clarity is here. This is why we exist, and we want you, at every step of your journey, to feel supported, loved, and valid.