Fitness has always been a part of who I am. It’s one thing in my life I feel like I have complete control over. For the most part, if you put in the hard work, discipline, and grit, you are going to see the results you want!
When I struggled with postpartum depression, it’s the only thing left in my life that made me feel like myself. However, because I hung onto my workouts as a way of coping with depression, I over did it, I would workout 8-10 times a week, constantly doing double workouts, so I ended up abusing my body to the point where I gained 10lbs because I pushed it to its absolute limit and it was in crisis mode, it was trying to hang onto every ounce of nutrient my body can get, and reserving the last bit of energy it has to function. I was exhausted to the point where I couldn’t lift my arms or legs without being in pain. That’s NOT how fitness should make you feel. And that’s not how you treat your body.
Through my struggles, One thing helped pulling me back to a healthy relationship with working out, was that a Barre teacher said to me “Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it”. In order to love your body, you have to love your whole self, and you can’t love your whole self unless you pay attention to both your physical health and mental health.
Mental health and physical health go hand in hand, so ask yourself, are you taking care of both? .
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