4 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Body (As It Is Today)

Jessica Smith
by Jessica Smith
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4 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Body (As It Is Today)

Thanksgiving is a great time of year to reflect on all the things we’re grateful for in our lives, and it’s also the perfect season to express a little gratitude for your body, too.

Now, don’t get me wrong, there are a few improvements I wouldn’t mind making to my body. But I find that the more you can focus on the positive, the easier it is to stick with healthy habits that help you look good and, more importantly, feel good!

Here are four reasons to be more thankful for your body today:

1. Your legs are powerful enough to walk, cycle or run wherever you wish to go

While you may be judging the size of your thighs in the mirror, there’s someone else out there who is struggling just to walk around the block. Don’t forget to keep a little cellulite in perspective—it’s not such a terrible thing (almost everyone has it), and it certainly shouldn’t ever stop you from enjoying life to the fullest.

2. Your arms are strong enough to carry the things you love most

Whether it’s your daughter, grandson or your pup, your arms have the strength needed to scoop up and hug the things you hold most dear.

3. Your core muscles are capable enough to allow you to sit, twist and reach anytime you want

As anyone who has had a C-section or major abdominal surgery can attest, our abs assist us more than we realize on a daily basis. While striving for a six-pack might be your ultimate goal, don’t forget to appreciate all that your abs do for you all day long, too.

4. Your heart is beating, and your lungs keep you breathing

Did you know that you take an average of 23,000 breaths per day? Or that your heart will beat over 3 billion times in your lifetime? When you take a moment to think about all the constant processes that are occurring in your body at any given moment to keep you alive and well, it’s really quite astounding. Your body is an incredible machine that needs your compassion, love and care.

No matter where you are in your weight-loss and wellness journey, remember that we don’t truly know what we have until it’s gone. Don’t wait until you are faced with a serious illness or injury to appreciate all of the amazing things your body does for you on a daily basis. Let’s be grateful for our bodies just as they are today, not just as we wish they would be tomorrow.

About the Author

Jessica Smith
Jessica Smith

As someone who struggled to lose weight for years, Jessica found that the key to her own 40-pound weight loss was making small, healthy lifestyle changes that led to big, lasting results. Now, as a certified wellcoach, fitness instructor and personal trainer, she has spent the last 15 years helping students and clients reach their goals in New York City, Los Angeles and Miami. She now reaches millions online through her YouTube Channel and home exercise DVD series. Please visit walkonwalkstrong.com to learn more about her fun, results-driven programs for all levels of exercisers.


28 responses to “4 Reasons to Be Thankful for Your Body (As It Is Today)”

  1. Avatar Dade Dyana says:

    Jessica – I don’t just think this is a great article for today – this is something we all need to keep in mind everyday. So often we forget how amazing our bodies are that they allow us to do what all the things that we do. Thank you for this reminder!

  2. Avatar Morena says:

    I am really thankful for this post. Sometime you just need to love yourself, and for me, sometime it is such hard stuff. Words can be fake, but you checked true things, and these are beautiful. Thank you 🙂

  3. Avatar Jack says:

    This is abilist.

  4. Avatar Mary says:

    Thanks Soooooo Much For This….I Truly Needed This! 🙂

  5. Avatar Breanna says:

    Truly needed to hear this

  6. Avatar Jo says:

    No, my legs are not strong, one leg is partially paralyzed and one arm is trying to quit working. I simply can’t walk far or lift above my head, have trouble combing my hair. But I am warm and dry and breathing and trying to cope. I am dependent on others for my meals, so dieting is frustrating at best. Also, have to go up a flight of stairs for food, but tell myself it’s good exercise. But Utes hard

  7. Avatar Kaitlin says:

    I’m looking for 4 more women who want to be the fit boss of their lives! I am hosting an online challenge group for December that includes 25-30 minutes of exercise a day, a suggested easy to follow meal plan (THAT ALLOWS WINE!) and a daily shake! Who’s with me?!

  8. Avatar Nance' says:

    I would love to join!

  9. Avatar ILoveFrenchBullDogs says:

    As someone who has an upper body nerve disorder and can’t use their arms while working out, I feel so blessed for my leg and core strength which allows me to do cardio and stay heart healthy and is helping me lose the weight I have needed to lose for quite some time.
    Always be thankful for what you have!

  10. Avatar Kathy says:

    I would also live to join. New to this so bear with me

  11. Avatar vinoth kumar says:

    I would love to join

  12. Avatar Carla says:


  13. Avatar Blah says:

    But what if you’re ugly and flabby, then what? There’s nothing to appreciate…

    • Avatar Stef says:

      There’s so much more to appreciate than just your body, but I bet you have a beautiful heart, laugh, smile, and joy instead to appreciate!

  14. Avatar Marsha says:

    After my last bout with diverticulitis I have made a lifestyle change. Less and less sugar and more fiber!

  15. Thanks for sharing such nice thought…

  16. Avatar Aditi says:

    Loving ourselves,thats the main point,but very few are there who love themselves truely,once we start loving ourselves we start enjoying life,come what may..thanks for such an inspiring article..

  17. Avatar Chuck says:

    Yeah, I’m a 70 year old man on multiple medications including prednisone for a Traumatic Brain Injury. It does promote weight gain by increasing my appetite. I won’t ever have my 35 year old physique (or 45 or 55 for that matter). But I am relatively healthy for my age and exercise regularly and usually eat a Mediterranean style diet. So I say, “Love your body because it’s the only one you have!”

  18. Avatar Tiffany Duran says:

    Wow! I needed to read this. I had weight loss surgery and as we all know, yucking lose skin comes along with that. I feel so much better but hate looking in the mirror. Reading this makes me want to be more thankful for how far I have come.

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