Each of us are such a unique combination of genetics, age, and experience. Society constantly challenges us with images and descriptions of what health and beauty should look like. It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing ourselves to others (or even our former selves). Practice remaining present and grow an appreciation for every step of your health and wellness journey.
This very instant represents a moment in your life that will never be exactly the same again. Being present means appreciating the now, and not getting wrapped up in past experiences or future expectations. It’s natural to get frustrated by health and fitness challenges, yet wishing for easier conditions doesn’t change anything. Living in the moment and doing the best that you can is all that anyone can ask.
The timeline of life offers an opportunity to reflect back and remember times we may have looked younger, thinner, or stronger. TV, Instagram and Facebook all shove pictures of 20 year olds in their bathing suits at us, as if that’s what health and fitness is supposed to look like. Forget about it! Don’t waste your time or energy comparing yourself to anyone. You can only control the present moment and you can facilitate change if you are motivated to.
Create a definition of health for yourself. What’s important to you? How much time do you want to spend on yourself? Be real about expectations and goals. You won’t look like a bodybuilder unless you spend hours and hours in the gym. It’s possible at any age, but the expectations and reality of commitment must be understood. The same goes with other fitness goals like weight loss, marathon training, or injury rehab. Results take time, strategy, and dedication.
By developing a growth mindset in regards to your health and wellness, you can set yourself up for decades of self appreciation and success, no matter your circumstances. Embrace the process and let moments and thoughts of judgement pass through your mind. Educate yourself while becoming versatile and consistent with your approach. Live in the now and choose to be the best version of you!