Day before yesterday, I had a conversation about what my deepest fitness beliefs are.
It was a little hard to put them all in words at that moment, but there are a few primary, cornerstone beliefs that guide my own fitness and how I train and coach others.
One of those primary beliefs that came to mind first was that I believe in working out to be more of oneself, not less.
I know that can sound weird at first, because we’re so socially programmed (especially as women) to exercise to make less of ourselves in terms of size, weight and body fat.
The objective is always to get smaller in some way.
Now, I’m not saying ‘hey get out there and get as BIG as you can’ instead (unless that’s your thing, then by all means, do!).
I’m saying that maybe if we shift our attitude towards the purpose of exercise in our lives, we will be happier with our bodies, our selves and our lives.
I’m saying that using exercise to grow into more of our human potential, into more of our best selves–the strongest, most capable, most courageous, whole-hearted, inspirational versions of our selves can be SO much more fulfilling, while STILL yielding those aesthetic results we seek.
It’s not an ‘either-or’ prospect: the goals of growing stronger, becoming more AND changing one’s body composition are mutually agreeable.
My bottom line: life is fuller and better when we approach exercise and fitness with a growth mentality full of joy and hope, rather than with a ‘shrink’ mentality full of fear and dissatisfaction.