Everyone is self-conscious about something on their body. Well, today’s guest blogger, Brooke Chaplan, just happens to have some tips to help us improve the six most common body issues people have today.
Take a look in the mirror and there are sure to be a few things you’re not completely happy about or want to change just a bit, and you are not alone. Many of us have body image issues. Take a look at six of the most common areas that make us feel most self-conscious and how to think of a better fix.
It’s as Plain as the Nose on Your Face
You can’t escape your nose. If you think it’s too big, too wide, too long, or has an unsightly bump, you are going to have to stare at it every time you take a look in the mirror. Unlike other features, you can’t change your nose with clothing or a change in diet. If you want to change your nose, you’ll need to dress it up with a nose ring or learn to do a bit of technical make up contouring to make it appear smaller. All you need to do is make your eyes look bigger with eyeliner and use blush and foundation strategically on your cheeks to downplay the nose.
Smile for the Camera
Your smile is your calling card to the world, particularly your pearly whites. If your teeth are crooked, stained, or damaged, it can be painful to see them in your reflection and in photographs. Fortunately, you can do something about dental problems. A Guerra Dental clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado can help you form a plan of action to give yourself the smile you’ve always wanted. It might take a bit of discipline and cost on your part, but if you start now, you can be on your way to a better smile in no time. According to Colorado Spring Dental, you can always go the home route by finding recipes for whiteners with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide which can save you money on costly whitening strips.
Don’t Forget the Rear View
Countless people have issues with their rear end. If you aren’t happy with your bottom, join the club. It might be too wide, too fat, or nonexistent. Luckily you have several options for shaping up. You can try targeted exercises to give it a boost in muscle and tone down the fat. Squats, lunges and wall sits are great ways to get started. Build up over time to do more and more repetitions.
What About Those Legs?
Once you reach your full height, there isn’t much you can do about the length of your legs. Heels or lifts in your shoes can create the illusion of height, and if you feel like your thighs are too big, exercise is the way to go. If you are fighting the opposite problem with legs that are too skinny, ask a trainer about the best moves to bulk up the muscle on your calves and thighs. Everyone likes toned legs, and it’s really not hard to shape up calves even at your desk at work with a few small exercises on your toes.
Get it Off Your Chest
The breast area is a major image for both men and women. Occasionally, women have a problem with size, while men can feel flabby and shapeless. Don’t forget exercise can help shape and tone these areas for men as well as women. Pushups, pull-ups, and weights can help train your back and pectoral muscles. Ask a trainer where the best place to start for you would be. It might take a while to work up to a heavier weight or repetition.
Abs that are the Envy of All Others
No one can overlook their abs. Women generally want a smooth midsection and a tiny waist. Men are looking for six-pack abs and a trim waist as well. For both, exercise is key. You don’t want to be doing crunches every day, but you can work them into your regular workout to get just the right tone and shape you’re looking for.
If you aren’t happy with your body, try to find the positive. Keep your chin up and set realistic goals about changes that you want to make. In the end, you should love yourself no matter what you look like and have a healthy plan to improve.
About the Author
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking and gardening. For more information contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.
My body issue is my thighs and butt. It’s the first place extra weight goes and the last place weight is lost on me. What part of your body are you most self-conscious about?Thank you, Brooke, for these suggestions!