“Enjoy your body
use it every way you can…
don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it
it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own”
I have recently started exercising again..
I love moving my body, I love sweating and feeling like your legs are about to fall off but having the grit to keep going, I love the soreness of my muscles the next day, and not being able to sit or laugh without cringing at the how sore your body is. But not everyone has this relationship with exercise..
I have a very on again off again relationship with the gym and/or exercise. When I am consistently going I love it, and feel so fit and strong, then slowly life gets in the way again, and I get busy and tired and want to do something with my friends instead of going to the gym and very slowly my motivation trickles away and I miss a day here and a day there and all of a sudden I am not going at all anymore and the gym is raking in the however many dollars it is a week out of my bank account.
I’m sure this is a very common factor for most people!
Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen’ is a constant source of inspiration for me, and reading the quote above, it made me realise that exercise isn’t always necessarily something that needs to be done at the gym, and it doesn’t look a certain way for every single person, just getting out and moving your body any way that makes you feel good is the ultimate way of making sure you’re getting the exercise your body needs to stay fit and strong.
Body image is a huge topic on everybody’s lips, how social media has ruined millennial’s body image, how models give us unrealistic body expectations, and even instagram fitness models making us hate our own bodies, but when we strip that all back and remember that our bodies are the greatest instrument we will ever own it really puts into perspective what our bodies do for us..
All our body wants is to keep us alive, that is its main purpose in life. It makes sure we keep breathing while we sleep, stops cuts from bleeding, fixes broken bones and finds ways to beat illnesses, your body loves you so much and it’s time we start thinking about ways we can love it back.
Start by loving your body back in ways you feel comfortable, it doesn’t have to be suddenly going to the gym 5 days a week and lifting heavy weights it can be an hour walk around your city or a bush walk, or dancing like an absolute nut bar to cheesy Taylor Swift songs that get you puffing and your heart rate up.
Sit outside and breathe in some fresh air, (you don’t always need to be moving to give your body what it needs), take yourself through some stretches and feel light and buoyant afterward. Anything you can do that stretches, moves and makes you feel good and releases those endorphins is a win in my book.
Body image and excercise don’t have to be taboo words, and you shouldn’t feel guilty about not doing what everyone else is doing, or looking like everyone else is looking.
Find within yourself how and when you feel your best within your body (it doesn’t have to be skinny, think about when you feel strong, when you feel fit, when you feel like you can do anything those are the moments you need to hold onto to bring you back to why its important to move your body)
Surround yourself with the people who make you feel on top of the world regardless of whether you’ve gone to the gym or not, and never feel guilty about choosing them over the gym, your mental health is just as important as your physical health if not more.
If people you follow on instagram make you feel bad about yourself and your body (I know they do) unfollow the fuck out of them. YOU AND ONLY YOU get to decide whether the media you consume makes you feel good or horrible about yourself, and why would you willingly follow people who make you feel like shit, you wouldn’t keep friends around you that always made you feel like shit would you? So don’t do it on social media! It’s your decision to follow them, no one forced you and its up to you to stop letting them make you feel bad as well.
I hope this blog post inspired you to take more of an interest in listening to your body and what it needs on any particular day. There are some days that I want to lift real heavy weights and not be able to walk or use my arms the next day, and there are other times when a walk outside in the fresh air and sunshine fills me up and makes me shine, other times (like today) I listen to my body and don’t go to the gym at all and that’s ok.
Your body is always trying to tell you something, make sure you are listening to it and not the world around you, easier said than done I know but it’s just like building muscles or learning a new skill, the more you do it the more it gets ingrained in your brain as a habit. You can rewire your brain with a bit of persistence and yes absolutely there will be times you fall of the bandwagon, it’s not a failure, only feedback on what you can do better next time. The most important part is getting back on.
Lots of love,