YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUT GET TO WORK OUT
Often, I am being asked “how do you do to force yourself to go to the gym everyday?”
Like Patti Sue Plumer, a U.S. Olympian, once said “Workouts are like brushing my teeth; I don’t think about them, I just do them. The decision has already been made.”
For me, working out is a pleasure, and a blessing filled with powerful benefits which transfer into all areas of my life.
One Life & You tip to move
Physical fitness leads to life fitness. That physical release doesn’t just make you feel better in your body, but also it makes you feel better in your mind, boosts your positive energy, increases your focus and productivity and unleashes your creativity.
The body benefits from movement in the same way the mind benefits from stillness, and both the wellbeing of the mind and that of the body are interconnected!
Exercise is a celebration of our body, not as a punishment of what we ate or how we look
How might “getting to” change your relationship to that which you do?
What would it look like if every “have to” on your schedule today became a “get to”? I get to do this work. I get to go to that meeting. I get to wake-up healthy and be lucky to go to the gym and move my body. I get to savour this food.
I take care of my body because it is the sanctuary of my mind, the only place which my mind has to live, and therefore it deserves to be honoured.
I see exercise as a celebration of our body, not as a punishment of what we ate or how we look.
“Looking good” is not a strong motivator for adopting and sticking with a healthy lifestyle!
Negative body image affects everyone. This obsession with our looks and an overwhelming lack of appreciation for our individuality, can create unhealthy thoughts, habits and patterns, resulting in an unfulfilling life.
There is nothing wrong with being motivated by vanity, or even the belief that happiness lies inside a pair of skinny jeans, but “looking good” is not a strong motivator for adopting and sticking with a healthy lifestyle!
Here are 7 self-loving One Life & You Tips to improve your body image and sense of self-worth
1. See yourself as whole. Your beauty is more than your body, let the light within you shine.
2. Quit comparing yourself to others. Every human being is one-of-a-kind, and we all have differences that make us beautiful and unique.
3. Appreciate what your body is capable of. When we start to have an attitude of gratitude for our bodies, our insecurities start to melt away.
4. Exercise for energy and empowerment. The body was made to move. Get physical to feel energized and strong, not solely because you’re trying to burn calories.
5. Smile more often and surround yourself with positive people.
6. Create a power mantra. Think of your mind as a garden and your negative thoughts are the weeds.
7. Exercise changes your brain. Do you ever notice that after a workout you’re often more focused and even more successful at your work, and have more positive energy?