Before I became a runner, I fell into the same mental traps that most women (and even many men) experience. I compared what my body looked like in the mirror to what I saw in magazines or at the beach and focused on my perceived imperfections. I focused on the shape of my body and was never satisfied with what I saw.
As I started running, I found myself instead focusing on how running had started to feel easy or how every week I was running longer and longer distances. Although I’m sure I did lose a little body fat since I was eating better and exercising more, my focus ceased to be on what my body looked like and instead I began to think more about what my body was capable of.
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The more I ran, the more I saw my body as a highly oiled machine that was really great at endurance running and carrying me through my yoga classes. I began to see more muscle definition, and although I was proud of how strong I looked, I began to put more attention on my abilities and how my body felt. I finished longer races, running felt easier, and I could hold new yoga poses that I wasn’t able to do before. I had more energy, and although I still got stressed out, my overall mood was much better. I had made a lifestyle change that made me feel better both mentally and physically.
The primary reason why I blog is that I want to inspire and help others to lead a healthy lifestyle so they can start to put more importance on what they can do and how great they feel when they lead a healthy lifestyle instead of concentrating on what they see in the mirror. If we start loving and appreciating our strong, capable bodies, just think of what we can accomplish.
Has fitness helped you change your opinions about your body?
What do you do to stop putting so much importance on what you see in the mirror?
What makes you feel strong?
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