How to create a positive relationship with fitness
Movement is important! It's not such much what you do but the why behind it. It's not so much what you do but if you enjoy it. It's not so much how long you do it, just that you do!
I truly believe we are happier when we are taking care of our bodies. I think this looks different to each person but one of the basic ways we can do that is through movement. We are not all lucky enough to walk, run, skip and jump so if you can realize just how blessed you are. It is an honor to be able to move our bodies in any capacity so why do we resist it so much?
I think part of the reason so many people struggle to workout is for two reasons:
- It's for weight loss
- They hate what they think they are supposed to do
So let's address both of these, starting with doing it for weight loss. It has been proven that working out is not very helpful when it comes to weight loss! Shocker I know because this is not typically what you hear when people give you the formula to losing weight! But, I find this so freeing because it means I can stop working out solely to change my body.
Our bodies actually love movement and it is so good for our health but we have misinterpreted it's intention in our lives and only see it as one of the steps to losing weight. So when you don't lose the weight then you end up resenting your workouts. This is detrimental because that never should have been the point in the first place.
So if you've been working out as part of your weight loss plan then STOP! But don't actually stop working out haha but you need to find a new reason! Here are a few just to get you started!
- Helps relive stress
- Helps you sleep better
- Improves your mood
- Reduces blood pressure and risk of diabetes
- Builds muscle mass
- Improves sex life
- Lowers anxiety
- Is fun and a great way to meet people
- Gets you out in nature
Okay so now that I've given you a few new reasons to workout what do you find the most motivating? I know that weight loss feels like a great motivator but ultimately when the weight loss doesn't come or when we get burnt out we don't have the foundation to fall back on of why it's actually just good for us!
Second reason people stuggle is because they don't enjoy what they are doing! Often when people workout because it is driven by external results they are either hoping for high calorie burn or muscle mass put on. This narrows the types of classes you do and might mean you exclude things you would actually really enjoy!
When you realize that movement is so good for you and can actually help you in many ways, you realize that it's not so important what the movement is, just that you do it and you enjoy it! So have you been spinning to burn crazy calories but actually prefer walking, THEN GO WALK! Have you been doing cross fit but would actually prefer to box or maybe do pilates, then switch it up!
You are more likely to stick with things that you actually enjoy so find things you love! As you become more comfortable with those things it becomes even easier to try new things! It is so much more fun to enjoy a class when the sole focus is no longer weight loss but honoring and loving your body.
Creating a positive relationship with fitness is possible! It just takes a little work refocusing your why and deciding to do things you actually enjoy! So go out their and get sweaty y'all!