17 Things πŸ—― Women Need to Know πŸ€” to Be Body Smart πŸ€“ ...

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You might think you already know your body pretty well, but you'd be surprised that's always something new to learn.

Once you find out everything there is to know, you'll be more appreciative of the body you have and all of the great things it can do for you.2

That's why the experts at seventeen.com put together this fantastic list of all the things you should know about your body.

There is a ton of great information on this list and you're going to be soulmates with yourself once you've learned it all.

Yay!

1. Every Body is Beautiful

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There is no one "ideal" body type.

Your body is beautiful just the way it is.

Whether you have curves, no curves, six-pack abs, rolls, big boobs, no butt, stretch marks, muscles, or no muscles β€” it doesn't make your body any less "perfect" or amazing.

"Everyone has different body types," says Sarah Gaines, a fitness instructor and founder of Fit University.

"Your body is beautiful, strong and yours β€” own it!" Focus on what your body can do, and not what you think your body "should" look like.

2. You Need More Sleep

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The sleep-when-I'm-dead thing is overrated.

"Lack of sleep affects how you look, feel, and perform," says Steve Orma, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in San Francisco.

"Sleep is vital for recharging and restoring your mind and body." Sure, a million things can mess with your sleep habits β€” homework, stress, sports, late-night Netflix binges, scrolling though Musical.ly one last time before bed, an alarm that goes off at the crack of dawn β€” but make it a priority to get the zzz's you need.2

(That's 8-10 hours, btw.)

3. Exercise Isn't Just for Weight Loss

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Break a sweat because you want to get stronger, not smaller.

"Too many workout programs want you to be less," says Kristy Stabler, a certified personal trainer and nutritionist in Arizona.

"Remember that your main goal is always to be more β€” more energetic, stronger, healthier, and more you." Regular exercise not only keeps you fit and healthy, it's good for your mental health, too.

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