If you have ever thought that exercise wasn’t for you. That you could never enjoy working out. That you have too many health problems to get fitter, or that gym culture is not for you, I invite you instead to think F*it.
F* what other people think about your body.
F* thinking that you do not deserve to spend time and energy on caring for yourself.
F* the limitations or expectations that society has tried to put on you for having the body that you do.
F* other peoples’ health and beauty standards.
I want you to feel confident about the body you have: what it can do and how it can move. I want you to love it on your own terms, to find pride in it’s achievements and to celebrate it every single day.
That doesn’t mean you can’t want to make changes to your body, but it does mean you can make those changes from a place of love and self-compassion rather than a place of negativity or shame.
I’m also passionate about the changes fitness can bring into all areas of your life. One of the most amazing things I have discovered is that now I am stronger and more confident in my body, I am also more confident doing other new things in my life. My physical problems used to prevent me from trying stuff out, but now I’m in a position to think “F*it!”.
My mental health has also benefited enormously from my training. The mental work involved in training has taught me an unbelievable amount about how to be more consistent and how to deal with setbacks. From the mindfulness involved in lifting heavy things (if you’re not focused on the task, you just can’t lift it!) to the sense of control and achievement gained by working through a session on a day when your brain is really not co-operating, there are myriad ways that fitness can be as beneficial for your mind as it is for your body.
These are things I never envisioned would come from exercising, but have been delighted to discover along the way. Your own journey will bring about it’s own surprises and successes and I would be delighted to share them with you.