Happy Late Thanksgiving!
Yesterday I attended a historic event. I ran with the largest group of people dressed up as turkeys in the history of mankind.
I used to 5K “Turkey Trot” run as a chance to give thanks for my body. Our bodies are freakishly amazing instruments that we use to do more things than any machine could do. On this day after Thanksgiving, if you forgot yesterday, give thanks for your body. Thank God for it’s curves and muscles and colors and bones. Celebrate without criticizing or judging yourself. The human body is a beautiful and fabulous collection of systems, and it’s about time we all gave thanks for the many activities our body can do.
If you’re thinking “My body isn’t amazing. I can’t run more than five steps or touch my toes,” first consider this quote by Dr. Einstein:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
And then consider this:
• Our heart beats 100,000 times every day. You know what’s hard? Squeezing a tennis ball 20 times with your hand.
• Our eyes can distinguish up to one million colour surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.
• Our lungs inhale over two million litres of air every day, without even thinking. They are large enough to cover a tennis court.
• When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph
• When you blush, your stomach lining also reddens.
If you need additional proof of the spectacular capacity of your body, read more: Amazing Medical Facts of the Body http://www.medindia.net/facts/index.asp#ixzz1ejgWygb1
So, treat your body right. Exercise it, stretch it, feed it nice things. And most of all, stop criticizing it! You are not going to change the shape of your nose or your ungainly knees by thinking negative thoughts, or by doing anything actually, so if you find yourself with a bad body image, use the energy you usually use criticizing your body to think about all it’s wonderful characteristics.