So you’re wondering how to get in shape, and stay in shape?
In today’s article, our guest author, Nikita Coleman, will be addressing one of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to leading a fit & healthy lifestyle. I’m really hyped about spreading this information with you all because it seems like more and more young ladies (and men) are taking somewhat of a detrimental path to their fitness journey. It has become my mission to spread a healthy & balanced approach to fitness in general. With all the misleading input out there, it’s easy to get confused and even develop a harmful mindset that can results in eating disorders, low self-esteem and obsessive behavior.
We are here to teach you that working out and eating healthy should be fun, rewarding and gratifying and that in order to be physically fit, it is essential to put emphasis on our MENTAL FITNESS first and foremost!
Enough rambling, let’s hear what Nikki has got to say on this topic!
If there is one thing I have learned in these past few years of my exposure to the fitness industry that I could share with others; it is that being fit and being healthy are NOT the same thing.
The “fit” image is portrayed throughout social and visual media as the girl (or guy) with the six-pack and toned arms, and they are happy with a strict diet of typical foods (you know… chicken, broccoli, beans, fish and egg whites etc…) day in and day out. So does that mean because they look the part and eat the “right” foods that their “healthy”?
“Healthy” goes beyond image and diet. “Healthy “is the state of your mind.
But for the regular person just starting on their fitness journey for whatever reason, they don’t see that, they see what the media want them to see; the lie that these people walk around like this every day and that they are “healthy” because of it… This isn’t true! Yes, there are some competitors or models out there who maintain a magazine physique year round, and they either have found a great balance over a long time between diet, training and mind or their lying to you.
All of this pressure CAN lead to a “fit” body but a very “unhealthy” mind!
My point… don’t compare yourself to anyone else, don’t train one way because a certain fitness model does, don’t eat certain foods because a magazine told you carbs are bad… because all of this pressure CAN lead to a “fit” body but a very “unhealthy” mind!
I have read so many articles about renowned fitness personalities that are having to go back relearn what I’m going to tell you, because they developed an unhealthy relationship with their bodies and mind…myself included.
This year was a big year for me, it was the last year of my studies, I competed as figure competitor for the first time and I wrote and published an eBook… and now I am also recovering from severe stress and anxiety and several health condition associated with it.
I had it coming, I did too much and put too much pressure on myself… I ended up crashing!
Why am I telling you this? Because the origin of all these problems can be traced back to how I dealt with everything mentally. Competing in figure and studying… stupid. Trying to maintain that physique … even stupider…
I wanted to have a 6 pack all the time, I wanted to keep that “fit” image!
My mind suffered, and I ignored all the warnings my body gave me in pursuit of it. This brings to the present, where stress had ruined my hormone balance and consequently my great metabolism and I’m back to having to work out a new approach to achieve weight loss…and its starts with the mind.
I’m only now learning that I’m allowed to relax, and I don’t have to be on a “diet” and I don’t have to train a certain way and train every day , but mostly, I have learnt how to be mindful!
Being mindful is a difficult state to achieve, you have to ignore what you have learnt and live in the present and accept all other thoughts, but CHOOSE not to listen to them. Learning mindfulness when eating is far more effective than any diet… in fact it is the opposite to dieting, it’s trusting your body, when you’re given free rein to eat what you want, you no longer wish to eat foods that would be considered off plan.
You can use mindfulness when training as well:
You will focus better and lift heavier; but most of all you develop a healthier state of mind… and once you find out how to do that you will see that state of mind infiltrate in all other aspects of your life and it will actually help you with weight loss and help you with eating better and many other aspects of your life.
Be kind to yourself, acknowledge mistakes and forgive yourself. Appreciate what you have achieved so far, and don’t worry about how far you have to go, you have your whole life and it’s your journey and no one else’s and you might as well enjoy it.
There are no shortcuts to any place worth going!
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