Originally published June 14, 2016 on the Huffington Post.

Your body is an amazing treasure. You deserve to live a life that allows you to take amazing care of it.

Photo by  Elina Khachaturyan .

I used to push my body pretty hard. I’ve been an athlete my whole life, so from early childhood onward I developed a relationship with my body that was based on pushing it to new limits. I was always trying to change it in some way and get it to do things that supported my athletic achievements.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to excel as an athlete. But for me, the major component that was missing during those years was foundational love for my body, a commitment to self care practices that allowed me to care for my body as well as train hard to achieve my athletic goals . . .

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