Has anyone else looked through social media sites, felt bad about themselves and instead of feeling motivated, confident and loving themselves ended up feeling the complete opposite?
Always comparing ourselves and bringing ourselves down rather than focusing on the positives. Since moving full time into the fitness industry the emphasis and impact of social media is something I've become more conscious of and it’s certainly contributed to me picking myself to bits, feeling not fit enough, and comparing my looks to other female runners or trainers. If I've felt like this I'm sure others have too.
What really is fitness? How do we define if you are fit?
Is it by:
The size of yours muscles?
If you win every race?
Having a 6 pack/ripped abs?
Eating clean 7 days a week?
Having 1000's of followers on social media sites? does this make you amazing?
What I love most about my job is working with the people, everyday people who find the confidence within themselves to try their hardest and never give up.
I not only work with an amazing team of runners but also personal training sessions with clients of every age, background and abilities. My clients never cease to impress me. Exercise isn't always about being the fittest, it's doing something that makes you happy, that motivates you, that gives you confidence and provides you with a better sense of wellbeing. It might not be easy but it will be worth it.
Sometimes it' s not about being fit enough, its about looking after yourself, increasing mobility, building muscle strength and mass, preventing muscle loss, having somewhere to go to talk to people, off load worries, to laugh and have a greater sense of wellbeing. My sessions aren’t just about building better bodies but building self confidence in a safe environment building friendships.
We all have a reason why we want to become more active. Starting out is the hardest part in anyones journey but remember its not about being fit enough, its about doing something for you. Don’t compare yourself with others. You are your competition. Aim for improvement not perfection.
Less than 3 weeks to go!
Scary but real! Who's going to be more nervous?
This weekend the couch to 50 miles team took on their last training run of 25 miles taking in the last section of the events route which was Ambleside to Coniston, the team will be doing this at some point during the night and after 30+ miles already covered. By the time they get there they’re going to be tired.
The team have really worked their legs off and completed a mega training programme that has pushed them all mentally and physically.
Myself and the coaching team are bursting with pride already and I'm excited to celebrate everyones achievements.
In the 9 months the team have gone from couch (literally) to being able to run distances of 30 miles and soon hopefully they will call themselves Lakeland 50 finishers.
it's not always been fun and smiles... but remember team, pain is only temporary...