So, here’s the BIG question: For most people who are perhaps overweight and starting to go to the gym, do they view it as simply a means to fix their “imperfection”(i.e their weight) or do they look at it as self-care and self-love?
Most people go to the gym because they want to force their bodies into a certain mold. But, we have to view exercise differently. Exercising is meant to show us how capable our bodies can transform us – not the limits as dictated by our society.
Most people view exercise as a punishment but shifting your mentality can greatly transform you. Change your mentality by making working out an act of self-love. When you love yourself so much, getting fit is something that’ll follow along with ease. Self care is an act of self-love and acceptance.
Few Tips to Getting Started
1. Comparison to others is the mother of disappointments.
Let’s face it, we’re all different and the moment you start comparing your workout routine to others, that’s the moment disappointments will start creeping in. Run your own Lane and stick to what you can do well. Don’t focus on what the society expects of you. Be you.
2. Don’t stick to the same old routine
Our minds are wired to get bored really easily. You can easily lose the morale to workout if you do the same exercise routines every day. You can switch things up and perhaps even change your workout environment. For example, if doing push-ups is your primary workout, you can spice things up by trying a different workout such as swimming or running. Push your body to unlock its full potential.
3. Be prepared for the challenges you’ll face in your workouts.
Yes, you’ll experience certain challenges in your workouts and that’s totally okay. Do you know why? Because challenges teach us lessons and we learn in the process. We also learn more about ourselves and what we can endure.
4. Who’s holding your hands in your fitness journey?
We are who we surround ourselves with. Surround yourself with positive-minded people who love exercise (and who perhaps you can exercise with together). People who’ll give you the morale to workout(even on those days when you don’t feel like working out.)
You should stay away from people who talk negatively on working out.
5. Take some time off (Rest)
We are not machines and your body definitely needs some rest from workouts. It’s okay to take a day off from the gym as this will allow your muscles to recover and thus repair damages sustained during workouts. Use this time to prepare for your next workout.
Working out can turn into a journey of starting and strengthening self-love and self care. With time, you’ll find yourself enjoying these workouts instead of seeing them as a burden or punishment. So, set your goals as big as you can and if you want to get fitter, make self-care and self-love your #1 priority.