If you were to begin a swimming program today, would you expect to be swimming as fast as an Olympic swimmer in six weeks time?
If you were to begin a running program this week, would you expect to be running the 100 metres or the marathon at the next Olympics?
For most of us normal people the answer is usually a resounding no!! And why is this? The people who compete in world championship events are what we call elite athletes. People who have been born with a gene pool that puts them into the "genetic freak" category. Top genetics in any pursuit usually belong to 0.001% of the population. People with "perfect bodies" are in that same "genetic freak" categong "The Body Shop" put it beautifully...
“There are 3 billion woman in the world... And only eight supermodels”
Not exactly an even comparison is it?
So why is it that both men and women will start an exercise plan or go on a diet and expect that in 6 weeks time they will look like "Elle McPherson" or "Brad Pitt"? These people are classic "genetical freaks". Only 0.001% of the population even has the ability to produce the perfect body.
Can somebody please tell me what the perfect body is anyway?
If we ask men for a definition of the perfect body, we usually hear "Pamela Anderson" or even "Marilyn Munro". Women seem to pick, "Somebody else's"! This is the best way to be unhappy with your own body and a great excuse for not bothering to try to be the best you can possibly be..."wish for there perfect body".
Why is it that when we look in the mirror, we never see the beautiful eyes, we only see the wrinkles around, the eyes? We ignore the great legs, only to see the cellulite on the legs. We are quick to criticise every single one of our bad points without ever acknowledging any of the good points.
And why is the measurement of perfection always physical? Do we ever aim to be the perfect parent or the perfect boss or the perfect partner or the perfect friend? And what is perfection anyway? Without mistakes? This is just such an impossible, unrealistic expectation.
Stop reading right now. Firstly, find a mirror and carefully pick out all of your great features, head to toe. Study them carefully and appreciate each one in detail. Now write them down. Secondly, write down all of your really good points. Include all of the things that you are really good at, all of the nice things you have done, all of the times when you have made a positive difference in people's lives.
Some people tell us that they haven't got any good points. WRONG... every person has things about him or her that are good. However, if that is what you truly believe, write down the kind of person you would like to be, the characteristics you would like to have and the things about you that you would like people to remember. Now read it everyday and keep adding to the list. You will be surprised how quickly the list grows.
A health and fitness journey should be all about that exactly! HEALTH AND FITNESS!! Not comparing yourself to the girl across the room! Her journey is completely different to yours!
Quick Tip: Stop aiming for perfection and start aiming to be the best version of you that is happy, strong, healthy and fit! Because you deserve it!
Thought for the day... “The key to immortality is to live a life worth remembering”
by Rowena Szeszeran-McEvoy