a super hero in training

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Being healthy. What does that mean to you? Is it fitting into a size 2? Running a ultra-marathon? Looking like you should be participating in a body building contest? Everyone has different ideas of what “being healthy” is, but have you ever thought that being health is just simply feeling great? I know a lot of people that look like they stepped out of a magazine but can barely make it out of bed in the morning.  I believe in America today our sense of health has been wrecked by unrealistic images and expectations. We will eat less than 1000 calories a day, run on the treadmill for hours, hate everyone around us (mostly because you’re starving), just trying to look like the models from Abercrombie and Fitch. In reality all this does is break our willpower, damage our metabolism and create a sense of failure. The crazy thing is, we will do this over and over expecting a different result. Why?

In my experience as a personal trainer I’ve witnessed people focusing on the negative to achieve something positive. Sometimes it works, but not for everyone and not long term. Yes, it’s good to learn why you do something damaging (binge eat, smoke etc.), but learning why does not give you the “tools” to move past the problem. I often suggest to people to focus on the positive. Focus on how much steady energy you are going to have if you eat better. Focus on the fantastic day you will have if you get 7-8 hours of sleep. Focus on that accomplished feeling you will have when you squeeze a 30 minute workout into your busy day! These positive rewards build up over time empowering you to continue making better choices. Don’t use the words “ I can’t eat that” say “ I don’t eat that”. Don’t use the excuse “ I don’t have time”. Give yourself the power and say “ I’ll make time “. In an earlier post I discussed the power of choice. The power becomes even stronger when rewarded with something positive. Use this power to influence others when in difficult situations. For example, if you are out with friends having dinner and everyone is ordering deep fried, sugar filled, plates of “I’m gonna hate myself after I eat this”, be the empowered one and order something you know will make you happy after you eat it. Your friends may snicker and make fun of you or they may just change their food choice because you influenced them!

Being healthy shouldn’t just be a number on the scale or a dress size. It should be in how you choose to live. It should be that moment you look in the mirror and say “I feel great”! Let the positive effects from making healthy choices be the power for change. However if you feel so great you decide to wear a super hero costume everywhere you may have missed the point……

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