• 12th June 2016

Our bodies deserve a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T

In the gym

With summer finally here, I can feel the determination in the air every time I go to the gym at the moment which is great! Nothing motivates me more when you are surrounded by like-minded people who are working hard and are determined to reach their goals.

I’ve not been doing too bad lately but my sweet tooth has reared its ugly head again. I’m pretty good at staying away from chocolate during the week but at the weekend, I just can’t help myself! Now of course it’s completely fine to have some chocolate. Where would the fun in life be if we didn’t have chocolate? However, I sometimes don’t just stop at one little bit, I seem to go slightly mad!

With this in mind, I’m determined to get back on track as I want that bikini body this year!

As a little bit of motivation for all of you who, like me, are trying to achieve your goals but constantly get hung up on your flaws, just sit back and take a minute to read this:

It occurred to me the other day during a particularly tough workout in the sweltering heat, that isn’t it amazing how much our bodies are capable of achieving? I was doing hanging leg raises and the piece of equipment I use faces a mirror in my gym.

As I was doing the exercise, for the first time, I really looked at how my body was moving. My legs and abs started to hurt, my arms were stiffening up as they were supporting my body, but I looked in the mirror and I just kept pushing until I completed the workout.

At that moment, I felt a sudden fondness for my body. I really did think, wow, my body just did that. Recently, I have felt my core getting stronger and stronger and when I look back at how weak I used to be, I’m amazed at what my body can achieve now.

I think that too many of us get caught up in what are bodies can’t do and what flabby parts we hate. Of course, many of us work out and eat well in an attempt to change and become the people we want to be, me included. However, rather than criticising our bodies, we need to focus on what they can achieve and what we love about ourselves. This way, we’ll focus more on what we can do and ensure that we never lose that by continuing our fitness journeys.

So with this in mind, I’m going to give my body the respect it deserves by not going for that second chocolate biscuit 😉

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