A commonly held fitness myth is that we have to be skinny to be fit. This is the trend, the story that the mainstream media tells us. But I’m here to tell you that fit happens, whether you are a size 0 or a size 16, you can get fit and be fit. Size truly doesn’t always matter! Fit knows no size!
So stop getting discouraged and start getting more active. Here are a few tips to help guide you on your path to fitness.
Throw out your scale, your BMI calculators, and your measuring tapes! This may not be the first time you’ve heard this advice and that’s because it’s true! Number obsessions will not help you get fit! In fact, they may actually deter you from getting into shape. Fitness is not a size or a number. It is a state of being. How can focusing on a number squash your journey to fitness? If the scale isn’t tipping your way or you don’t get the measurements you want, they you are far more likely to get discouraged and to give up! So just don’t allow the temptation to weigh or measure yourself to avoid potential disaster!
It Takes More Than A Day
Don’t expect overnight results! No matter how hard you worked out today, you’re not going to wake up tomorrow morning 20 pounds lighter than you did this morning. If you want to get into shape and make fitness a part of your life forever, it takes time. Think of it this way, it took your whole life thus far to get the body you have now so getting fit can take a while too. Just be persistent, and (again) don’t get discouraged. Give it time and your hard work will start to show.
Don’t Go Overboard
Don’t do too much too soon! You can’t transition from not working out at all (or only once in a very long while) to doing the “Insanity” workouts every day. It just won’t work! Why? Because when you jolt your body like that, you get sore and you are more likely to get injured because your body is so unaccustomed to the strain and activity. If you are in pain, you likely will not work out the next day, and will associate working out with pain and discomfort. Thus you will have quit before you truly started. Increase your activity levels slowly and work your way up to the P90X’s and Insanity’s so that you will be successful. Start slow and gain that momentum!
Finally, as we have said before, don’t worry about size!!! So what if you don’t look like the models in the latest issues of Vogue or Glamour? They aren’t fit or healthy anyway (plus none of those images go without retouching, so those models don’t actually look like that). Skinny does not equal fit. In fact being too thin can be just as detrimental to health as being overweight. Plus a skinny person who doesn’t work out or stay active, isn’t in shape or fit. You can be healthy and in shape at any size!
So just remember, work on being health and confident and forget the size of the clothes on your body. Get fit, not based on an ideal number you have in your head, but for your own well-being. Love the body you have, and always put your health first!