Let us start this post by saying that whatever your body shape, we feel strongly that the best thing you can do for yourself, and for your daughters if you happen to have daughters, is to ACCEPT YOURSELF and learn to love yourself just the way you are.
Have you noticed that when we women look in the mirror, we tend to focus on our "bad" parts? Instead of looking at ourselves as a whole, or focusing on what we love, we focus on what we dislike about our bodies.
For years now, the fashion industry and the media have been telling us that we should be thin. And we have listened! The diet industry is flourishing, most of us are on a constant cycle of dieting, breaking the diet, then dieting again, and the vast majority of us are unhappy with how we look!
How do we break that vicious cycle? The first step is to accept ourselves just as we are, and in this regard, role models such as Michelle Obama are inspiring.
The second step: instead of trying to be THIN, we should aspire to be HEALTHY and FIT - as healthy and as fit as we can be. Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk, and treat our body with respect.
Of course, exercise is important too. 30 minutes, five days a week, of moderate cardiovascular exercise such as walking can make a huge difference in how you feel and in your health. In addition, you can target specific areas with exercises that are designed to make those areas more toned.
If you're pear shaped, one of the best exercises you can do is squats. Squats are great for toning your hips, butt and thighs. They are simple to do and require no special equipment:
1. Stand with feet hip-width apart.
2. Bend your knees, and lower into a squat, keeping the knees behind the toes. Imagine that you're sticking your butt out behind you, but keep the torso upright and contracted.
3. Press into your heels to stand up.
4. Start slow, building up to 2-3 sets of 10 repetitions.
As in any exercise routine, it's very important to start slow, and to consult with your doctor if you have any medical condition or any other concern.