Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Body positive fitness for your new year goals


I have a little secret for you. This is the time of year when gyms, health clubs, and personal trainers make the most bank. Perhaps that part isnt really a secret. But the secret is the fact that they do so by playing on what you hate about yourself. I know it sounds awful but its true. Sure, fitness programs might be initially packaged as health and self-care. But eventually trainers show their hand when they reference flat abs, burning fat, and building your booty. It works for marketing, but is it good for mental health? Couldnt there be a better way to get active and learn to love yourself?

Why yes. Im so glad you asked. Its called body positive fitness. The basic premise of body positive fitness is to practice a non-judgmental, self-compassionate stance towards your body. Its about celebrating how it moves and performs, not merely what it looks like. Its about challenging the checking, shaming, and comparing that can happen during workouts. Its about learning the functional reasons for strengthening your body that have zero to do with flat abs, juicy butts, or tone arms. 

For instance, did you know a strong core is essential for balance and stability? What about strong glutes and legs? Did you know the lower body is the power house of your body and helps you walk, run, and propel forward? And we cant forget the upper body. Its essential for tasks of daily living such as reaching, pushing, pulling, and lifting. So, there are dozens of reasons to grow in strength that have nothing to do with changing who you are or what you look like.

If you are looking for an affirmative exercise experience, one that truly inspires your fitness journey for the long haul, try body positive fitness. How revolutionary would it be if you moved for the joy of movement instead of the need to change or be different? It seems to me that a body positive approach to wellness would have more staying power than just a trend, fad, or desire to change. Dont you think?

If you are interested in body positive personal training and movement for mental health, contact me at gambrellwellness@gmail.com. Id love to help you reach your health, fitness, and wellness goals.

1 comment:

  1. I agree 100%. Changing the mindset from "how you look" to "how you feel" is a challenge but well worth it.

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