Everyone has a brain and we need to look after it. It is exactly the same concept as ‘you only have one body and you need to look after it’.
You only have one ‘self’ and you need to embrace it.
It is fashionable to be fit. Do you ever look around, stalk endlessly on Instagram and see a plethora of women who have the bodies of a goddess? I follow more girl fitness models / influencers on Instagram than I do any male crushes, and I know I am not the only girl out there doing this. It is very easy to become trapped in a world of tunnel vision and think that every girl out there has abs of steel and glutes that even a Kardashian would be jealous of. The reality is that these women are a minority.
I used to have an eating disorder and would be fixated on calorie counting and exercising to counteract what I had eaten. I didn’t realise then that food was fuel and exercise could be a form of self-medication.
Yes, exercise is important for your physical well-being but it is also important for your mental well-being. We live in a world where most of us are sedentary and victims of a multitude of 21st century stresses. Sometimes it is hard to find a way to exert these stresses and they stay inside until they become too much and unmanageable.
I love exercising but not in the way you probably imagine. I don’t go to the gym for hours on end or go on a 10km run every day. I exercise little and often and I do it because it makes me feel great! Yes, I would love to have a six-pack but I work in a 9 – 5 job (often 10+ hours a day), I love socialising with my friends and I love wine and food. Getting a six-pack, or looking like a lot of the girls on Instagram is unattainable for me at the moment and I am fine with that. I still set myself my own little goals but I don’t let them rule my life. Last year, I did the 150 squat challenge and I was really happy with my summer butt! By winter it had disappeared but that was also fine – I set myself a new challenge.
I want to encourage everyone to look outside the box for the benefits of exercise, for a lot of people it is the mental benefits which outweigh the physical ones. I want to make exercising easier for everyone too, by creating a community and providing tips and tricks to make you feel better about exercising and the work you do more beneficial to you. If you want to learn how to lift you can, if you want to walk 20,000 steps every day you can.
You don’t need to look or be like everyone else but learn to love you – something most of us forget about.
Create your own goals, make them attainable and a challenge. It isn’t a competition; the goalposts always move so create something with means something to you. Goals are personal so make the benefits personal.