Here’s How You Can Change Your Life Through Fitness
If you are not currently incorporating regular exercise into your life, if you are not signed up for the SWEAT Challenge, not training with me or not consistently moving your body — this message is for you.
I wish that I could sit down with every one of you, one-on-one, to share this with you.
This is a tough subject, but six years ago I would have given anything to have had someone sit me down and share with me what I’m about to share with you.
I didn’t have that, and I started by myself, but as part of my PWR Community, you don’t have to.
Fitness is not just about aesthetics
If you think fitness is just about changing how your body looks, I want you to realise that fitness is not what you think.
When personal trainers tell you that fitness should be a gratitude practice, or that exercise is about self-love — it can seem that it’s easy for them to say.
And the truth is, it is easy for me to say this to you. Not because of how I look, but because for six years, I put in the work to make changes in my own life that led me to understand that exercise truly IS about self-love.
How do you learn to love yourself? You treat yourself with love.
You are worthy of self-care
If you want to start gaining self-love, you need to start by showing yourself love — by taking care of yourself.
I didn’t understand that when I started my fitness journey. I started exercising out of sheer desperation to change the way I looked, as a last-ditch effort to help me to cope with the postnatal anxiety that I was facing.
Long before I started to see any physical changes in the mirror, I started to feel better. I felt a small spark of confidence that came because of the consistent discipline of caring for myself through regular exercise.
I committed to 30 minutes of exercise, three times per week. It didn’t matter what it was, I just made sure I did it, even if I was interrupted.
When I first began to push myself, I found my physical ability level was so weak — and I had to meet myself exactly where I was.
Self-love begins with self-acceptance
When I first started to exercise, it was painful to accept myself exactly where I was physically, mentally and emotionally. I was in a pretty dark place. I’d been putting myself down for way too long, and I had let negative self-talk become my normal.
Instead of beating myself up for where I was at, I decided to change my daily actions and habitual thoughts. I believed that if I started to care for myself, I could change how I felt.
And I DID.
And YOU can too.
This is what I call the magic of fitness. If you don’t believe me, then test me. Commit to caring for your health. Sign up for the SWEAT six-week challenge — or begin to move your body in any way.
Your health and fitness journey doesn’t have to be complicated
You don’t have to go on a radical, unsustainable diet or start an extreme exercise regime. Simply commit to caring for yourself, through caring for your health.
You can do this physically, by moving and nourishing your body. Drink water. Make healthier food choices.
What you think is important to your wellbeing too. Try to change the dialogue you have with yourself, in whatever areas in your life that are negative.
I know —from all of the messages that you have sent to me —that a lot of you are exactly where I was. I am telling you that you CAN make changes that will improve your self-image and your health.
YOU have the power to change your own life.
And there is no reason why you cannot start today.
* Disclaimer: This blog post is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. The above information should not be used to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet, sleep methods, daily activity, or fitness routine. Sweat assumes no responsibility for any personal injury or damage sustained by any recommendations, opinions, or advice given in this article.