When I first started to exercise a couple of years ago, it was with the aim of losing weight/burning calories/being smaller. Everything was focused on what I wanted to get rid of.
Literal negative goals.
My approach was something like this:
Dislike body –> exercise –> lose weight = start loving body.
Does that sound like a mindf**k approach to anyone else?
I was waiting on a change to happen before I would start to love my body.
Exercise should not be a punishment for your body if it doesn’t make the grade.
If you want to experience a positive change, you need a positive attitude.
Positivity > Negativity. ALWAYS.
Train to build your body up – not tear it down.
Crowd out the negativity by focusing on what you want to gain, not what you want to lose.
Set goals such as:
- Build strength setting a new personal best in weight training
- Learn to do kick-ass movements such as push-ups, pull-ups or single legged squat
- Master a new discipline e.g. swimming or boxing
- Set a new personal best sprint record
- Master some advanced yoga moves e.g. handstands
You will be amazed by what your body can do.
The best thing is that it was only when I started focusing on training positively, this is when I actually started to see the results that had initially motivated me to start exercising.
I lost body fat, got a whole lot tighter, changed my overall body shape and dropped 2 dress sizes. BUT, I was also stronger, more flexible, had more energy and did things which I never thought I could do.
Plus, I enjoyed training way more when I switched to training positively. Each session had purpose, rather than pushing through exercises and wishing my muffin top would disappear.
On a more serious note, it is a waaay healthier mindset to kick negativity to the curb on embrace a positive approach to exercising.
Don’t get me wrong, I am still a HUGE fan of the aesthetic benefits of training, but looks are definitely not the be all and end all of you.
Your body is capable of SO much more that looking hot in a bikini.
Love it. Challenge it. Nourish it.
Don’t sell it short by purely focusing on how it looks.