Why Strong Is the New Skinny

First things first: strong is strong and skinny is skinny.  Yes, they are two different things.  But in the past decade, the pendulum has swung, and more and more women are aspiring to have a ‘strong’ physique instead of trying to get ‘skinnier’.
In most cases, being strong comes with weighing more, but feeling better. But at the end of the day, you won’t be happy unless you are holistically strong: That is strong in body, mind, and spirit.
A strong body can mean different things to different people.  But the end goal is the same — functional fitness, i.e., training your body so it can do what you need it to do when you need it to do it. You don’t have to bulk up to achieve this, but you do need to work at it. Make sure you don’t neglect your body by sitting all day, watching TV on the couch all night, and in general, being lazy. So, get up and go for a walk, join a gym, attend a fitness class, or go to yoga. Every little bit helps.
Strong in mind means working out your mind as you would your body (think puzzles, crosswords, or a game of Scrabble). Instil in yourself the drive and temperament to keep moving forward, even when everything around you is falling apart.
Strong in spirit is how you approach life. Remember the adage — put on your own oxygen mask before you try to help others. So invest some time to get to know yourself, your needs and your boundaries.
Be grateful for being you. The stronger you get, the more you’ll be able to do and the more you can enjoy what life has to offer. Having strength is a gift you give to yourself.
You are responsible for your health and overall wellbeing. It is you who chooses to exercise, not to smoke, to drink in moderation, to eat healthily, to meditate or pray, to use your mind, to reflect and make adjustments, and to be the best, strongest expression of yourself. Or not. What choice will you make?