We often separate our bodies from our person, but we are all one. Our bodies deserve all the care and love in the world, they carry us through our lives. If you want to reshape your body, a diet, or new regime will only get you one step closer; to really transform your health you need to first start by connecting with yourself.
#1 – SAY GOODBYE TO THE FOOD DIARY
Instead of tracking your calorie intake or writing down your every bite, focus on how you are feeling. Crazy I know, but bare with me. If you can really concentrate on tracking your energy levels and mood swings during the day you can help keep yourself on the best mental path.
Doing the things that make you feel good more. The happier you are within yourself, the happier you will be with your body. A huge factor in the way we see ourselves is the way we feel, and if we feel good and comfortable in our own skin, we naturally make better diet and fitness choices.
Something you can do right now: Make a list of all the things or people you encounter during your week that make you feel negative, that make you doubt yourself or feel less than your best.
On another page write all the moments of your week you feel confident, happy and content. Work on getting rid of everything on that first list, or finding a solution to turn it around.
#2 – FIND A DEEPER CONNECTION
Re-shaping your body appears to have very little to do with mindfulness and meditation, but the best results come from a place of calm.
Stress and anxiety lead to more restrictive and extreme choices; I’m picturing eating a tub of ice cream and then guilt-tripping yourself for the rest of the day. There are so many pressures we face on a day to day basis, and these are easily transferred into your kitchen. Instead of feeling like your emotions overpower your will, take a step back and breathe.
Connect with your body, and find a place of calm.
Something you can do right now: Download the app headspace and practice a simple meditation for 10 minutes in the morning and evening.
#3 – MOVE
It’s true that a large part of your aesthetic is down to what you eat, but exercise does far more than simply build strength. It helps to give you that crisp clarity that not only acts as a natural energy booster and anti-depressant but gives you the endorphins that drive you to have a better, healthier day.
Every day, get out of your house and move that beautiful body of yours.
Something you can do right now: Plan out your calendar for the week and add in a time to get your booty moving every day.
#4 – RE SET YOUR GOAL
Get rid of that picture-perfect body you are striving for and re-set your goal. Don’t see yourself in a bikini walking down the beach, but instead imagine your body running the London marathon, deadlifting a 100kg weight or reaching the splits. Be ambitious with your body, and set your goal in strength.
Something you can do right now: Buy a notepad and write down 5 things you want to achieve with your body that is set in strength, not around aesthetic. Give yourself a timeline and a challenge to accomplish those things.