Working With What You Were Born With
We have all been there and have all wanted something other than what we were born with. Its not a bad thing to strive for self- improvement, but we need to make sure that the focus is on developing yourself rather than trying to become someone else. We need to pursue goals that make us happy and improve our quality of life. Life is too short to constantly worry about others and about every single one of our flaws.
Self-improvement means that we stop comparing and competing with other women. Women come in all shapes and sizes; we all have our imperfections. The main priority when taking on any task to better ourselves through fitness is to work with what we were given. For example, some of us have long, skinny legs and others of us have short, muscular, even cellulite blessed legs. Every single one of the set of legs previously described is beautiful; it is part of who we are and we should be proud! Sure, trying to improve on them is a wonderful thing, but dont get caught up trying to attain the legs of the woman next to you on that treadmill or elliptical trainer.
The first step to achieve both happiness and greatness is to believe in yourself. If you have that on your side, you are one step closer to your goal. Believe that you can overcome any obstacle that you are faced with and that you can achieve anything that you want out of life. I am a firm believer that if you want something bad enough in life, you will go out and get it. Set goals that make you happy! Never change who you truly are for the sake of pleasing others.
Whether you are involved in fitness with the purpose of competing or just staying fit, you are working out to better your quality of life. Some of us want to be extremely lean while others of us are content with maintaining a less intense look; both physiques are gorgeous and should be applauded. Choose how you want to look rather than how someone else thinks you should look. Dont get discouraged if another woman is ahead of you physically. We all have different body types and transform at different rates. Stick to the goals that you set for yourself and dont concentrate on where others fitness levels are at.
Don't Let Working Out Intimidate You
There is so much to learn when it comes to fitness and working out. I will be the first to admit that I am still constantly educating myself. Dont be afraid to ask questions and seek out help if you are lost. You dont have to be a superstar athlete to adopt the fitness lifestyle; a small amount of exercise can work wonders for your health and self-esteem. Balancing a good nutrition program, exercise routine, and letting your body rest is going to help you meet your expectations and build your confidence. Make sure you pay attention to all three areas; eat for energy and health, mix up cardiovascular exercise and weight training, and get yourself some sleep!
Do It For Yourself
If you are a competitor, the best advice I have for you is to strive for the physique that you want to attain. Sure, there are already set guidelines that are necessary to bring home a trophy, but even that doesnt guarantee a win. With that being said, always step on stage with a look that you are darn proud of. Know that you are a champion just for spending so many hours dieting, training, and stepping on that stage. The minute that you alter your look for a judge is when you are setting yourself up for disaster; you might end up changing because of that one judge and be penalized at your next competition because that current set of judges would have liked your previous look.
Im not saying to go overboard and never take any advice of others, but take everything with a grain of salt. The fitness world is very subjective; however, we can also learn a lot from those around us as well. Constructive criticism if a wonderful thing; many times we get feedback on what we need to improve on, which is great, but dont get frustrated and let this play games with your mind. Face your weaknesses step by step and you will develop over time.