How to Be Body Positive at the Gym
At the gym, it can be tempting to look at other exercisers and compare their journey, their technique, and their physique to your own. And while there are plenty of people who go to the gym to try to one up others, you don't have to follow suit. You don't have to look like or workout like anyone else. If you catch yourself comparing your progress to someone else's, especially someone who may have a more strict workout plan, or who has been on an exercise regimen for years, or whose genetics gave them a starting point more aligned with current societal standards, it may result in you feeling like your progress is not enough. That can lead to pushing yourself too hard, feeling poorly about yourself, and even giving up.
Instead of comparing to others who you may think are doing better than you, ask yourself how you are growing and progressing. Can you lift more weights than yesterday? Did you try a machine you'd never tried before? Have you consistently been making it to a class each week? Celebrate what you are doing, and let your body inform you have what next steps to take.
Gina Rodriguez, star of the hit TV show ,has this advice: "Getting information about your body and what you need to create the healthiest you is individual and personal," Rodriguez said. "You don’t need to buy into any lifestyle besides your own and what best fits your body."
This goes for your workout routine and your weight, size, and shape, too. Your body and how it looks and feels are uniquely yours. And keep in mind, just because someone else hits the gym five days a week, doesn't mean you need to. And vice versa.
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