Exercise Because You Love Your Body, NOT Because You Hate It
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Exercise because you love your body not because you hate it!
Have you ever caught yourself saying anything like this?
“I hate my flabby arms.”
“I hate the spare tire around my waist.”
“My butt jiggles too much when I walk.”
I’ve heard these all before and I’ve even said a few of them myself. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m guilty of disliking certain things about my body. I’ve compared myself to others and have had many issues with what I see when I look in the mirror at times. I’ve thought that maybe, if I workout, I would eliminate the things I hate about my body when in all reality, I need to learn to accept that this is the body I have been given and I shouldn’t hate it for what I “think” it’s not.
We spend so much time comparing ourselves to others, when we should be focusing on what we love about ourselves. You can focus on how to better yourself and your health and love your body in the process!
I’ve talked about not making exercise a punishment in previous blogs. This basically ties into that same way of thinking. We have to realize that exercise is good for us and it shouldn’t be look at as something we NEED to do because we hate out bodies. Exercise should be something we do because we LOVE our bodies and we want to improve our health.
There was a time when I would working out because I hated certain things about my body and I wanted to change them. Over time, I realized that I should be working out because I love my body.Once I changed my mindset about exercise, I started enjoying even more, when I did it for the right reasons. My self-image changed, I was motivated because I knew was bettering myself, in a positive way. The thing is, when you’re working out you feel better about yourself, I know I do. You have more confidence, energy and a more positive daily outlook on life.
Sometimes these thought patterns are hard to break. A lot people find it hard to change their mindset simply because, often subconsciously, they believe that giving themselves a hard time about their bodies is the only way they’ll stay motivated to do what takes to get fitter, healthier and/or slimmer.
Why is it that we are so good at hating on our bodies and find it so hard to love ourselves? It’s time to embrace what we have.
It’s time to workout and appreciate your body for what it CAN do! That’s my best advice to you. I’ve learned to look at it this way. You have to work with what you have and where you’re at. Exercise should not be a chore.
Appreciate the fact that your body CAN actually move the way it does, some people aren’t that lucky. If you have any physical ability to exercise at all, that is huge – do not take it for granted.
Love your body for what it can do. I challenge you to make a list of all the things you LOVE about exercising. How it makes you feel, what you can accomplish, how much strength you have gained, how far you’ve come. Start focusing on the things you love and I can assure you that the way you view exercise will change for the better. Make it a point every day to wake up and be thankful for YOU and the body you have been given
Exercise because you LOVE your body and what it can do for you, not because you hate it. Enjoy it.
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