The Mind Body Connection
Personally I think to master one you must also master the other and I’ll tell you why. I’ve been much leaner than I am currently. When I first became a PT I challenged myself to see how lean I could get because I naively thought I was competing with all the other PT’s out on there on body shape. The trouble was, at that point I hadn’t mastered my mind, there was no real goal or purpose for this other than I kinda thought I should, so unsurprisingly after a while I got bored of the super strict nutrition and daily marathon workouts and gradually put some of the weight back on because I didn’t have a strong ‘why' in my mind as to why it was worth all the effort.
Conversely when I’ve been wrapped up in new projects, working on my expanding my knowledge in certain areas, I can have a super clear vision in my mind of what I want to achieve but forget to focus on moving my body. The longer I sat I used to find I’d get less inclined to move, which in turn meant I’d be more inclined to eat whatever crap comes to hand, and so the downward spiral would continue until I reached a point where my brain screamed ‘fuck this, get off your ass and move girl!’ and then I’d finally get back to regular workouts and remember why I love them. They bring me balance.
Nowadays I know my clients don’t train with me because of how I look, hell one morning I arrived at work with mismatching sneakers (I’m talking one high top and one sneaker, so not even close to a pair) and we all had a good laugh at what can really only be described as a massive wardrobe malfunction on my part. Although my body may have looked better to some, it feels better to me now because I’ve achieved the balance of the right amount of fitness and nutrition to how I want to feel. Health and fitness isn’t all about looks, how the shape of your body looks, what active wear you’re rocking, perfect hair and makeup for a gym sesh, or even matching sneakers :) it’s about how you want to feel.
Fortunately I have a much clearer ‘why’ now for how I want to feel. I want to feel empowered and in turn empower my clients to feel empowered so that they can inspire others to feel the same. I want to feel energised for my life, my family and friends. I want to feel strong for teaching self defence so I can kick ass. I want to feel productive at work, and I know that moving my body every day stimulates my brain. I want to live an active injury free life, so I don’t have to hold back, and at some point (hopefully not in the very near future) I’ll want to run rings around my grandchildren and inspire them to get outside and be active for some serious feel good vibes.
I believe life is all about balance, to be the best version of yourself you need to challenge both your body and your mind. Can you really say you love your life if you don’t love your body. Can you really maximise your mind if your body feels like crap. Even with al the crazy in the world right now we still need to keep balanced, create strong healthy bodies and nurture a positive mindset, nothing lasts forever so let’s take the opportunity to improve ourselves.
I hope that gives you a little clarity on why a living a truly fearless, fit and fabulous lifestyle requires balance and I’d like to help you achieve it too.
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