Our bodies are absolutely amazing yet many times we dismiss how amazing they are. Take a moment and think about the many things our bodies do without us even being aware they are happening. Our hearts beat without us thinking about it. We take breaths without thinking about it. We blink our eyes without thinking about it.
Even with all the things our bodies do for us, many of us have a love/hate relationship with our bodies. We think we have to lose weight to love our bodies. We have to be able to fit into a certain pair of jeans to love our bodies. Or we think we should be able to get up and run a marathon when all we have been doing the last 12 months is sitting on the couch, watching TV and eating junk food.
Getting healthy does not simply mean losing weight or trying to get into a certain size. Getting fit and healthy also means getting control of our thoughts and how we view our bodies AND being grateful for the body we have right now today. When the mind is healthy, the body will follow.
If you think you cannot do something, guess what? You won’t. But believing that your body is capable of doing what you are asking it to do, then getting up there and trying to do it can mean the difference between losing the health battle and being successful on your journey.
Starting right now today, believe in yourself and be grateful for the body you have. Your body is amazing and is supporting you the best it can today but will support you even better as you move toward your goal of fitness and health. Know that your body is capable of doing what you are asking it to do.
Of course, keep your current fitness level in mind. You are not going to go from being inactive for the past five years to running a marathon but you can start by taking a 10 minute walk. It might not be a fast walk. It might just be around your house or yard. Matter of fact it might be a real struggle for you to walk for 10 minutes and your feet, knees and hips may feel out of sorts and your breathing might be labored but believe that you can walk for 10 minutes then get up and push through and finish that walk. Feel how your body responds to the movement as you push through then be very proud of taking this first step because you and I both know it is not easy to make changes in our lives.
Yes, it will be hard to stick with an exercise program for the first three to four weeks but after that time, you will notice your body getting stronger. Your breathing will be easier. Your walking just a bit faster. And your distance a little longer. Right then as you finish, take a moment and thank your body for allowing you to take that walk. Be grateful for your body because it truly is amazing no matter what size it is today.
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org