Exercise From a Place of Self-Love, Not Self-Loathing
Have you ever met a person who said something along the lines of, “I’m so fat. I need to work out as punishment for being so fat”? Well, I have, and it’s one of the saddest things in the world for me to hear someone say that.
Working out as an act of self-love
Look, my body’s not perfect and, frankly, I’ve long accepted the fact that it will never be. Sure, I get compliments about being “slim” (their adjective, not mine). I even get comments from people who wonder why I even work out in the first place because, “What for?? You’re slim. You were never fat!”
I was never overweight, but that’s not the point. Weight loss isn’t the only reason why people work out. Some people – believe it or not! – work out because they love themselves enough to do so. Some people work out because they feel the need to celebrate their bodies – imperfections and all. Some people work out because working out actually makes them feel good. Weight loss is an awesome reason to exercise, but there are lots of other reasons to want to exercise that have nothing to do with losing weight.
At the end of the day…
Working out is an act of self-love. It is not an act of punishment.
Let that be your takeaway from this post of mine. The gym is not a prison. Your fitness trainer is not an executioner. You do not need to do penance for your perceived physical flaws.
Forgive me for using boldface liberally in this post (LOL!). It’s just that I feel bad about individuals who approach fitness from a perspective of self-loathing. Do it because you’ve found enough reasons to love yourself.
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