Health and Fitness appears to me as the state of complete mental, physical and social well-being, and the ability to meet the demands of the environment to live a positive, productive and enjoyable life.
Lately I feel like I am being bombarded with fitness pictures on social media. My Instagram feed is slowly becoming a display of slender, super sculpt and zero percent fat body parts. While I have nothing against those fitness accounts (hence why I follow them) I can start to feel I am putting a lot of pressure on my own self and I am being overly self-critical when It comes to my physical appearance. I used to make the mistake of associating a defined stomach to someone who is healthy and fit. Which in fact, is true, they are fit. That person has worked hard and followed a strictly healthy diet to achieve those results. My point is that someone not having a perfectly toned abdominal area, does not mean they are not healthy and/or fit. I am writing this post because someone told me they can't feel confident with themselves unless they lose a few extra kilos and become fit and healthy.
Fitness and health is not defined by centimetres or kilograms. You are not your weight. You are not that number on the measuring tape. Losing a few extra kilos won't make you instantly happy with yourself. Yes, it might give you that extra boost of confidence you were looking for, but it won't make you happier, more worthy or better. It won't make you a better person. The person you are now is already beautiful. You just need to take a hard look and appreciate that. Find the good qualities you possess, those ones that make you wonderful and unique. Don't point at your flaws or weaknesses, you will bring yourself down if you do that. Be happy and thankful with what you have and who you are. Let yourself love yourself. Here are some things you can do that might help:
Firstly, learn to love yourself. I know it seems cliché, but if you don't love yourself you can't expect others to do it for you. Find those things that make you special, those things you are good at. It doesn't matter if they are little, they define the person you are and who you've become. Whether you are always kind to others, grateful and honest, or if you can sing or make the best pancakes in the country. Whatever it is that shines through you. If you keep focusing on the good things in your character you won't leave space for negative thoughts to come in and bring you down. You are you, and that's something special.
Now that you have complimented yourself, try to compliment others. Tell a friend how much you care about them, or how nice they look today. Smile to a stranger, who knows? you might make their day. Nowadays it's easy, just send a nice text to someone you haven't spoken in a while. Doing good feels good.
You are what you eat. Therefore, the more natural, unprocessed foods you eat, the better. It does not mean you can't enjoy an unhealthy treat every now and then. That bag of crisps or that donut with sprinkles won't kill you; sometimes it will ease that craving. Just have them in moderation.
Remember we are a "bunch" of cells constantly replacing each other and they nurture themselves with the foods and vitamins you eat. Packaged and processed foods won't give your cells the same vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as fresh and natural foods will do. You can still enjoy that plate of pasta. Just make it yourself. Play with your food! Chuck as many different veggies as you like in a bowl and make a rainbow salad. Make your food look pretty on your plate and take a snap before you eat it (like I did in the photo above :P). Eating good healthy foods will make you feel more energized, active and you will get a more positive view of everything.
It's good to do things for others, but try to be selfish sometime in the day. Find that "you" time to do anything that makes you happy and fulfilled. It can be anything. Going for a walk, enjoying a relaxing cup of tea, reading a book, listening to music, having a nice and warm bubble bath, going for a swim, watching a movie... whatever it is that makes your own self happy.
At last, but not least. Don't forget to move! Whether it is that you like: running, swimming, dancing or cycling… Just move your body. Stay active. All of us have busy lives, but even if its thirty minutes a day it will help you release endorphins and they will give you that extra boost and you will be in a better mood.
And remember to SMILE because life isn't that serious :)
I wish you a very happy day,