My relationship with exercise has drastically changed over the past couple of years. I hope this post inspires you to think about exercise in a different way and reminds you that you’re perfect exactly how you are.
I used to force myself to run on the treadmill, AKA I forced myself into feeling miserable. Do whatever workout that is fun for you and stick to that! I have a Pinterest board that has lots of fun workouts if you need some ideas.
Sometimes I’ll do a 60-minute class at Equinox (best gym ever btw) and other days I’ll literally take a 5-minute walk outside. I’ve ditched my “all or nothing” attitude towards exercise. Movement is movement! Not every single workout has to be so intense and extreme! Giving your body what it needs and resting is an act of self-love and self-care.
Speaking of self-love, I think the biggest thing for me that has changed is that I exercise because I love myself. I don’t do it because I want to change myself. When I exercise, I sleep better, have more energy, and it really helps my mood. Finding a positive “why” is a major key.
Another major key is positive-self talk! The moment I start comparing myself to other people at the gym… I say something kind to myself about my body to help stop me from going down the negative self-talk rabbit hole. Comparison will never help you love yourself and your body. All of us are unique and there is no sense trying to get your body to take the shape of someone else.
Fitness looks different for everyone and I hope that all of you find a routine that works for you. Please don’t let the diet industry and the whole “bikini body” ideal trick you into thinking you aren’t perfect exactly how you are.
Oh, and pardon me… But fuck the scale. I struggled with an eating disorder for over 12 years and every time I reached my “ideal number” I was still unhappy. I no longer pay to the number on the scale and it’s made me a whole lot happier. I highly suggest you do the same ;).
Thanks for reading babes, love you lots!