This isn’t a strictly Team Myles post, but it’s something I think we all need to think about as we’re getting fitter and healthier.
As we’re all working towards our goals of running the 5k or 10k, we’re starting to see changes in our bodies. It happens to all of us – maybe you’ve lost a little weight, your clothes might fit differently, or your muscles are bigger. Those are all amazing things! Everything that you do to get healthy is AMAZING – keep at it, be inspired, be motivated, and rock it – but remember to love yourself during the process.
What do I mean? Well, yesterday, I read an amazing article from Sarah Sapora posted on the Huffington Post. It’s all about loving yourself and your “flaws”. Each of us has parts of our bodies that we don’t like, and many people think exercise and getting healthier can “fix” those. And that’s kind of true…but really, it’s not. There’s always going to be something about your body that you don’t like. It’s our nature to criticize ourselves, and pick out our flaws. It’s something we do – women especially. I think it’s SO important though, to remember what we LOVE about our bodies too. Exercise and getting healthier is amazing, and it’s great for you, but it won’t “fix” anything. There’s nothing to fix! Remember how awesome your body is – your legs are strong enough to get you places (like up and down that damn hill or through a 360Fit Total Body class!); your arms are strong enough to hold yoga poses at TAYS, carry kids and pets, and hug people; your mind is sharp enough to carry you through your day and your career; your body is an amazing thing – flaws or not!
Come on, think about it – what’s AT LEAST one thing about your body that you love?! Tell me in the comments – everyone has something. I’ll go first:
I love my smile. It’s seriously awesome and when I smile my WHOLE face smiles. I think that’s pretty wicked!
So, while we’re all on this journey to embrace a better, healthier lifestyle I urge you all – team mates and blog readers – be positive! Love your body! Stop talking negatively about your looks, your abilities, and yourself. You are awesome and getting healthier just makes you MORE AWESOME! As Devin says: Don’t fight the awesome!