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Body Positivity Wednesday: Guest Post, Cami Bartel from @Camilikeatanktop

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  1. Education Educate yourself on nutrition, fitness, wellness practices and more. Do not just look at one person’s Instagram and take their word for the bible. Do your own research across multiple sources to find what works for you. Health is not a one size all approach. You need to find what works for you. 

  2. Just startIt’s the hardest thing but if you want to run, download the Couch to 5K app, lace up your shoes and just go. If you want to go to the gym, just go, play around and try new things. Take a class. Throw out the junk, buy veggies. Drink water. It really is that simple. 

  3. Start slowDon’t rush into all things wellness all of a sudden. If you noticed, I stated “over the years” when I discussed my story. I didn’t start with meditation and crystals and kale and sit ups. I could barely lift 5 pounds. I hated raw veggies. It started with slowing running, then I explored more workouts and eventually started writing my own plans. It’s been a five year journey and it’s still going. 

  4. Learn the basicsUnpopular opinion apparently, BUT you should not start out doing single leg burpees. Your first workouts should focus on mastering the basics - think squats, lunges, crunches, push ups. Once you master these movements, you can build on them. You shouldn’t dive into jump squats without knowing proper squat form. Form is key! 

  5. Explore Full circle to my first point, but once you’ve got the basics down and an open mindset, explore a little. Try new workouts. Try new foods. Try new eating styles (intermittent fasting, vegan, etc.). Find what works for YOU! Have fun with health. That’s the only way you will stick with it.  I hope my story helps show you that it is possible to change your life around. It is possible to create happiness. It is possible to be healthy. It takes an open mind, determination and a can-do attitude but IT IS POSSIBLE.  I’m open to any and all questions on my journey, fitness tips, etc. Find me on Instagram @camiliketanktop or find me at www.camilikeatanktop.com Thanks Natalie for inviting me to write this! 

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