6 Steps To Finding Peace In Working Out
There are many reason why someone wouldn’t have peace in working out. Whether it because of an eating disorder, self-hatred, body shaming, being over weight, feeling like you’re not good enough or you don’t know how to loose weight. There are so many reasons, but whatever your reason is there is a path to peace with your own body.
Accept where you are right now. Look yourself in the mirror and find 10 positives about yourself. Repeat this step every morning after you first wake up.
I want you to know that you have a divine nature about you. You are a wonderful person and no matter the battle you are facing it doesn’t make you less of a person. You deserve love, so don’t forget the person you need the most love from is yourself. Life is hard enough, but to have hate and negative thoughts constantly with you is only going to make it harder. Have compassion on yourself.
Recognize what you are putting in your body. Does it make you feel good? And I don’t mean, does that chocolate cake make you happy, cuz I’ll be honest it makes me happy, but after eating it I feel weighed down and sluggish. But if I eat a bowl of fruit, or steamed veggies I feel lighter I feel like I have more energy to do things.
I’m more at peace with my body when I am conscious of what I am eating. To an extent I’ll indulge in my favorite desert but by using the principles of intuitive eating. I love intuitive eating because you can loose weight and still ‘treat yo self’ and do it guilt free.
Start out small. You don’t have to start out huge like training for a marathon or going straight for the big weights to get those Instagram muscles.
Yoga is a wonderful starting point. Click here for a beginners YouTube video on yoga. Adriene has a lot of different videos about yoga and different poses that help with different things like anxiety, stress, inner peace, a healthy body. She’s amazing! Check out all her videos here.
Yoga is all about elevating your mind, finding awareness of yourself and how amazing your body is. I would highly recommend including yoga in your life even if you just have time to practice it once or twice a week. It’s going to boost your mental clarity, and keep you motivated on your path to finding your healthy body.
Start out with light exercise. For this type of exercise you don’t necessarily need a gym. This is one of many YouTube videos available, this is a low impact cardio workout no equipment required. And there are thousands of videos out there, for all different skill levels, and different types of workouts.
I also follow Body 2 die for on Facebook. For me it gives me inspiration on how I can do home workouts. I often do some of these low impact exercises while my husband I are watching TV.
For these exercises if you don’t already have some workout equipment at home I would recommend getting a couple of home gym supplies. These are a couple of products that I use on a daily basis and I love them so much:
- Resistance bands
- Yoga Mat (I bought mine from Walmart for about $10-15, but I’ve also seen them at Target, Ross, H&M etc they’re piratically everywhere. They’re always at a great price and I have to keep myself from buying one every time I see one!)
Remember you are working out because you love your body. Not as a punishment for enjoying a treat, not because of self loathing. Do it because you appreciate what your body can do. Do it because you respect yourself.