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- Self-Worth: The First Step In Your Fitness Journey - October 12, 2017
You are about to embark on a journey to becoming a healthier, fitter and more fabulous version of you. A task that should last a lifetime and involves bucket loads of sweat and self-discipline. Importantly, it also involves self-worth. It is this that should be your ‘Day 1’ in that fitness diary of yours. Your fitness assessment scores, body composition results, or your completed 7-day food diary, are not what should start you off on meeting your fitness goals. The first step, that so many miss out, is developing self-worth.
1. the sense of one’s own value or worth as a person; self-esteem; self-respect.
I know, I am a personal trainer, not your shrink, but I could easily be. Why? Your physical health is heavily influenced by your mental wellbeing. What goes on in your mind has a massive impact on what goes on in your body and and how effectively you can meet your fitness goals. Factors such as stress hormones to actual symptoms of anxiety, depression, and simply low self-esteem can result in your body changing for the worse.
Self-worth is something we are all born with. Young children love to look at themselves in the mirror. They adore themselves and so they should. However, as we grow older, we grow more critical of others and subsequently of ourselves. We become judgemental, we develop prejudice and we suffer ourselves at the hands of those expressing intolerance. We start to absorb negative imagery of “bad bodies, good bodies” plastered on every tabloid, TV show and radio small talk. Messages on what is considered sexy, beautiful, or downright ugly. We absorb all of these like a sponge, both consciously and subconsciously.
When we see ‘beautiful’ people that have been obsessively followed on every social media platform, we start to see ourselves differently. We look in the mirror and start to wish we looked more like ‘them’ and less like ‘me’. Cue the ridiculous diets and extreme workouts that are endorsed, but certainly will not fit all who commence them.
When you stop looking at who you really are, you become less in tune to what you really need.
So look in the mirror. Take a really good look at yourself and pick out what you accept, like, or even love about yourself. Write them down. Then take a look at the parts of your body you would like to improve on. Write them down. With these two lists, you can easily create a personalised workout plan that actually suits your body type. Diet is as important, if not more, in reaching your health goals. Trash the junk food, shop bought meals, and sugar. Replace with homemade foods, sugar alternatives, and fresh fruit and veg.
A cleaner diet and exercise regime for your body will jump start that exciting transformation, but you need to appreciate what you have and learn to smile about it. After which, you can begin to transform yourself into a better you.