When I find something I love, I have to share it. This is kinda like calling my sister and telling her about a good deal! So today I want to share with you this book I have been reading. I am constantly trying to learn more about fitness and this is a good read.
He really knows his stuff when it comes to fitness.
I thought it would be so fun to have him post today.
Body image is defined as the way you view your body as far as attractiveness and overall appearance. Your body image is shaped throughout your life, but especially through your childhood experiences. Comments by your friends and family are often instrumental in having a positive or negative body image.
Self-image is your sense of self, including your body and personality traits such as whether you think you are outgoing, confident, or insecure. It is also defined by how you perceive that others value you.
I am here to affirm that your value as a person is not what the scale says or what the magazines and media tell you that you should be. Both your body image and your self-image need to be realistic and healthy in order for you to be able to make the changes in your lifestyle that will create the fitness and health that you desire.
You need to protect a healthy self-image. If you don’t consistently feed your mind positive thoughts about who you are and what you are capable of achieving, you won’t be able to get long-lasting fitness results no matter how good the workout and diet programs are. Do you know why? Because if you don’t foster a healthy self-image, diet and exercise programs will only be Band-Aids on much deeper and bigger problems.
This wound of a bad self-image and negative body image can be dealt with, though. Start by asking yourself questions that will help you reveal your mental trouble areas. Doing so helps you focus and makes it possible to work on the core problems.
How do you feel about your body?
Is the happiness in your day based on what the scale says?
Are you comfortable discussing some of your insecurities with your close friends or family?
Do you feel if you are not “perfect” or “better” looking you can’t attract a relationship or that you don’t deserve one?
When was the first time you actually felt proud or ashamed of your body?
Why did you feel that way?
Are some of your health or nutrition habits designed to punish yourself?
Really dig deep when answering these questions. The more detailed you can be, the greater results you will have.
What you will find by answering these questions are the key motivators—often unconscious—of your behavior and health habits.
When you see yourself being motivated by negative energy, make the effort to change your inner dialogue. For example, if you are thinking “I am so fat” all the time, consciously replace that with “I can make choices that make me healthier every day.” Repeat it to yourself often, and over time it becomes your new inner dialogue.
The goal is to be able to be motivated by positive energy so that you can have long-term healthy results.
Society and You
All advertising is designed to hit your insecurities so that you can purchase things to fix yourself. You know, like the picture of the guy with the perfect abs or the girl with the thighs that don’t have an ounce of cellulite on them.
But remind yourself that those pictures are airbrushed and digitally enhanced for the specific purpose of attacking your inner core self-value and your self-image in order to take money out of your wallet and put it into the pocket of Company X.
I personally hate this marketing tactic. It certainly gives people the wrong impression about how they should look and feel. I have a friend who works very closely in the “industry of perception,” as I like to call it, and he says that everything that they do is to make us believe that we, the general public, are somehow “messed up” and need to be fixed.
I want to challenge you to stop comparing yourself to those photographs in magazines and ad campaigns. It’s okay to like how the pictures look and want to strive to achieve similar attributes, but it is not okay to base your self-worth on those pictures.
We are not “messed up” physically but we are getting “messed up” mentally by giving up on our own potential when we think we can’t measure up to images of body that are illusions.
Instead, the best way to measure your success is to compete against yourself. Know what specific goals you want to achieve. Know why you want to achieve them.
Look at your core issues and face them. Change your inner dialogue. Know that part of the achievement is simply working to better yourself every day. Then focus 100 percent of your energies on reaching those goals and before you know it you will be there! Healthier in body and mind.
Greg Marshall is the head trainer at both
The Gym at City Creek and The Gym at Station Park.
Visit www.thegymatcitycreek.com or www.thegymatstationpark.com for more information. You can also follow him on Instagram @thefiture
This sure makes me rethink the way I think about myself and STOP comparing myself to others!