Contrary to popular belief, making the above statement as a fitness professional is not bred from placing optimal importance on aesthetics, ‘fat shaming’ others and obsessing over my abdominals. Fitness has always divided people into three groups; the gym lovers to whom the gym is their drug, those who like to dabble in a fitness class a couple of times a week and those who roll their eyes at the very thought of physical activity. Controversial as it may seem, i’m going to tell you why I don’t think the latter is cool and edgy, but is instead capping your potential – outside of the gym.
This post isn’t about reaching a certain dress size or seeing your abs. But, with the rise of the body positivity movement, I think fitness, and the gym specifically, are sometimes completely mis-categorised and mistaken for the enemy. Whilst I believe self love and body positivity are things we should all practice, I do not see exercise and body positivity as an ‘either or’ situation. Instead I see exercise and self love as synonymous.
Self care is now some what of a ‘buzz word’ of the moment. However, i’ve heard a few questionable portrayal’s of what this really means – ‘get yourself on the sofa and f*ck the gym’, ‘you eat whatever the hell you want girl’. I totally believe that we should listen to our bodies and that sometimes we need a duvet day, when the body is run down and the mind is overstressed. I also believe that we only live once and that you have to treat yourself and enjoy yourself at times! That said, we also need exercise and good nutrition to survive yes, but also to prosper. This is something that can get lost in the modern day and age. Self care isn’t always about doing what feels good in the moment. Self care is sometimes about doing what is needed to take care of yourself.
I started this post with the statement, ‘your workout is the most important thing on your to-do list’ and this is because I think fitness has a knock on effect on everything else in your life. A healthy body breeds a healthy mind , and with a healthy mind you can go out and achieve your goals – whatever they are. I think about this in the simplest of terms. Your body is the one thing you need to complete every single task on your list. You can’t even send an email without it. So, it just makes sense that you would prioritise nurturing your body and making sure it’s ready for whats to come. You wouldn’t start a long distance car journey without first filling up your tank, would you?
Aside from mindset and functionality, exercise can actually work for you. Weight training to strengthen your lats will pull your shoulders down and help you stand tall and confident. This is such an important tool in business of any sort. If you’re in a meeting and you present confidence, you’re much more likely to achieve your desired outcome – body language is something we assess hugely without even realising!
We’re all busy and more often than not ‘I don’t have time’ is the principal reason for not fitting in your workout. Juggling three different professions, trust me, I get it. I couldn’t even count the amount of times i’ve been told that it’s ‘easy’ for me to say this, because I spend hours in the gym for work. But the clue is right there – for work. I’m in the gym for my clients and then i’m running off again to start the working day on one of my other businesses. I’m up at 5.30am most days to fit my workout and everything else in. It’s not always easy, but I do it, because I see the long term value in it.
If you are reading my blog and this post, I assume that like me, you want two things in life – happiness & success, and I really believe that getting our bodies in optimum working order is the first step down the path to both of these things.