“Train and eat because you love your body, not because you hate your body. Take care of yourself like someone you care about. Have that direct you and you’ll find that the decisions you make will be the better ones.”
I got the pleasure of meeting asking Sal from @mindpumpmedia last week he shared these words of wisdom with me. This message is SO IMPORTANT.
If your best friend or mother or anyone else you care about were struggling with their body, how would you suggest they go about changing their body? Would you tell them to starve themselves and kill themselves in the gym? Or would you help them find a diet that fits their goals and lifestyle and work on an exercise program that makes them feel better physically and mentally? Probably the latter. So why wouldn’t you treat yourself the same way you treat someone you care about?
If you hate your body and treat it like such by exercising to exhaustion, continually pushing your body beyond its limits, and severely restricting calories for long periods of time, you will not get the results you want. Your body will suffer from being overtrained and you will end up malnourished. And your body won’t respond the way you want it to. If you aren’t showing your body love and care, it won’t love you back.
If you love your body and treat it like such by pushing your body to achieve more in the gym but also allowing for recovery, by eating a diet full of nutrient dense foods and not severely restricting yourself, and by being mindful of your stress levels and sleep quality, your body will respond in kind. It will respond so much faster to the changes you want to make.
Loving your body doesn’t mean you can’t desire to change your body. Loving your body means taking care of yourself and striving to make your body as healthy as possible, whatever that may look like. In most cases, the end result of an optimally healthy body will be identical to your aesthetic goals.