*Stop trying to fix your body — it was never broken.*
Some of us fall victim to the mentality of working out to *fix* our bodies. But our bodies do not need fixing — they are all unique, amazing, + beautiful exactlyjust the way they are. Of course, setting Fit Goals to better ourselves + our health is encouraged, but we need to approach our goals with love, not hate. Working out should be a way to thank our bodies, not punish them.
If you’re working out because you hate your body, you are not respecting it. When working out, we need to make sure we are performing exercises correctly to avoid injury. In addition, it’s important to fuel our bodies with the appropriate nutrients. If you don’t respect your body, you most likely do not care whether you’re performing the workouts correctly, which can lead to injury, + you are more likely to restrict your calorie intake. You don’t want to simply move through the motions — you want to move to feel alive + realize everything it’s capable of!
Instead of focusing on how your body looks, focus on what your body can do instead. Our bodies are strong — be grateful for this + focus on making them even stronger. Pay attention to the way your legs move as your run or how much weight you can lift. You will learn to be proud of the amazing things your body can endure + appreciate your accomplishments. Even the smallest accomplishments [like walking up the stairs without feeling winded!] will feel amazing + motivating.
Loving your body will allow you to develop a love for working out. There will be no more *dragging* yourself to the gym even if you don’t feel like it. Find your fit so that your sweat seshes will be fun + something you look forward to doing. You’ll develop a more positive outlook + enjoy life more.
Learning to love your body is a rewarding process, in + out of the gym. We need to treat ourselves + our bodies with respect because we are all beautiful. As Teresa mentioned in her Self-Love Poem, *my body has taught me that I am human. Because I am human, I am beautiful.*
++ Soula [soula_inchaarg] // UMD CHAARG