NICE TO MEET THE NEW YOU!
No matter how old you are, whether you are male or female, curvy or slight, at some point in your life there is a good chance your body image has stopped you engaging in life’s day-to-day activities.
Body image is made up of a person’s beliefs, perceptions, feelings, thoughts and actions about their own body and appearance. How we see ourselves influences every aspect of our lives: our mental health; our physical health; how we take care of ourselves and, how we interact with other people.
If not managed correctly, our body image can be in a permanent state of negativity. For some people, at the very minimum, this will mean avoiding social engagements. At the extreme end of the spectrum it could be as severe as being unable to work; complete self-depreciation and body dysmorphia.
RESILIENCE, SELF-CARE AND BODY KINDNESS
Here at The Six Pack Revolution, we want to talk to you about building Resilience, Self-Care and Body Kindness.
It isn’t about using a set of scales to measure your happiness. Focus on how you feel, what your body looks like and, what your body can do rather than how much you weigh.
Here are some simple body-positive habits you should adopt now.
Remember how much fun it is to exercise
As a child you moved for fun right? Regardless if you were playing tag; swimming; riding your bike or climbing trees, you knew the pleasure of movement. You were not thinking about burning calories or strengthening your muscles.
Apply this principle to your life today. Exercise is meant to be fun so find something that you love to do and enjoy!
Consider your actions
Take time to consider how you interact with yourself and with others, as this can have a big impact on the role of body kindness in your life. Think about what body kindness and body positivity means to you and how you would like to be treated by others. Use your own positivity to support others. If you do find yourself making remarks on a way a person looks, you should consider re-evaluating how you think.
Find new ways to determine you are healthy
Create a list of all the things you think will make you healthy. This may include sleep quality, food, muscle strength, mood, etc. Then formulate a plan of how you are going to keep in tune with your health as YOU see it. This isn’t about weighing yourself on the scales, it is about taking positive action and building your resilience to stop body image negativity.
This is all about finding your inner body wisdom to make the right food choices that feel good. It is not about losing or gaining weight or muscle. It is about understanding every nutrient the body needs to work properly and then fuelling it accordingly. It may take some research, but those who take time to learn about nutrition and the way the body works, are more likely to enjoy good mental health; emotional awareness; life satisfaction; self-esteem and optimism.
Be thankful everyday
Concentrating on your flaws has really come into its own since the borne of social media. However, you can turn this on its head by spending two minutes each day to find your favourite body feature. Identify one physical aspect of yourself that you like and explain to yourself why you are thankful. This will challenge the way you think on a conscious level and reduce anxiety around the way you look.
One of the best ways to appreciate your body is to do something nice for yourself! Whether it is to eat the right foods for a week; join a local sports team or go for a relaxing massage, doing something you enjoy or you know is good for you will lower stress levels and increase your self-love!
We all hear the mantra of eating 5 fruit and vegetables every day. We suggest you always make sure half your plate contains fruits or vegetables every meal time including snacks! Did you know every system in your body depends on water? Your body typically needs between 9 and 13 glasses of fluid every day. If you don’t like water, add some sliced lemon or drink fruit teas to get your daily intake up!
Increase your exercise
We mentioned before that exercise should be fun. Take exercise to the next level and you will not only develop your physicality, it will also improve your mental health. Drop in some yoga and you are on your way to feeling ‘zen’!
Eliminate unhealthy habits strategically
If you eliminate one habit a month it doesn’t feel as intense and gives you a better chance of sticking to an overall healthier approach. Reduce your junk food first. This will help get your salt and saturated fat intake down. When you do your food shop, try and take a bit longer to read the food labels. The majority of packaged foods now contain a traffic light system so it is easy to remove products high in salt; saturated fat and sugar. Drink less alcohol and try, if you are a smoker, to either give up or reduce your cigarettes!
Your body is unique and your goals are unique. When you compare yourself and your body to others, you will only become disappointed. By focusing on you, you will achieve more and experience your own body kindness.
And finally… relax. Your body needs rest. Whether you meditate, listen to your favourite music, read a book, watch a film or just take a leisurely stroll with your family make sure your body has that important downtime to recover both mentally and physically from the busy week.
The Six Pack Revolution is a 90 day transformation programme, where we coach you on fitness, mind-set and nutrition.
Founded by Scott Harrison, the programme includes everything you need to get you into the best shape of your life. You’ll learn how to cook delicious recipes, and complete daily and weekly fitness challenges within a group of like-minded people, all looking to achieve the same outcome as YOU!
All our Six Pack Revolution coaches have been through the programme. They started where you are today and are proof that the programme works, and proof that anyone can do it too!
One of the best things about The Six Pack Revolution is the support network. You’ll get to know your new fitness family through a private Facebook Group. This is ‘The Hub’ where others in the group share their experiences, results and tips on overcoming obstacles.
We believe in you, and can’t wait to welcome you to the revolution!