In the complex world of health and fitness, you see a lot of conflicting opinions. With the industry being largely centred around egos, body-image and self-insecurities, it is inevitable. This necessarily isn’t such a negative thing - it can actually be pretty great. Imagine if you could increase your confidence and mute those insecurities you have about yourself by choosing to live a healthier lifestlye?
The way one work-out can make you feel.
The way fresh and REAL food can make you feel.
The way seeing changes in your body shape can make you feel.
The way seeing progress in your own abilities can make you feel.
You can’t understand how good you can feel until you do it for yourself.
One thing that isn’t cool is the regularity of one person putting another down the moment that they see them making positive changes. I think each and every one of us is guilty of saying the odd comment which could be offensive to another- we are not all perfect, I did it myself pretty recently. But what doesn’t sit well with me is directly insulting one persons efforts in living a healthier lifestyle purely because it doesn’t fit with their own ideals or it makes them feel bad about their own lifestyle choices.
A few weeks ago I was at dinner and someone pulled up a photo of their friend who had decided to go into physique modelling. Whilst passing this photo around the table, phrases like ‘it’s just too much’, ‘look how manly her arms are’ and ‘she too muscly’ were thrown around. Imagine how mortified this girl would have felt if she knew her friend was passing a photo of her body around a table in a restaurant, being criticised because her body doesn’t look the way another thinks it should? When I first began making positive changes to my lifestyle a couple of years back, I still to this day remember how small others would try and make me feel. The comments; ‘why are you eating that?’, ‘you’re not even fat, why do you go to the gym?!’, ‘you’re obsessed’… It’s not fun. Luckily now that I am surrounded by like-minded people who are equally as passionate about health and fitness as me, I don’t see it as much as I used to.
The point is, everyone has their own opinions on what they want their body to look like. And this is great, it’s part of what makes us diverse, beautiful humans - what isn’t so beautiful is clouding other peoples achievements. You wouldn’t criticise someone for earning a First in their law degree would you? Let people shine (apologies for mild Take That vibes). Support them, encourage them or just simply dis-involve yourself - whatever you choose to do, don’t let your own personal opinions or insecurities drag another person down.
It literally doesn’t matter if someone is improving their health and fitness to lose weight, to become a physique model or to climb mount Everest. What make is what lies at the core of each and every person working towards their own personal goal: dedication, motivation and passion.
I think everyone can agree these are three things which shouldn’t be knocked