Have you ever barely made it to the gym with half brushed hair, untied shoe laces, and a baggy t-shirt on, only to discover you’re working out alongside someone who is thinner, fitter, and overall more pulled together than you? It can be discouraging. In fact, I recently heard that plans for new fitness centers that only allow people who are out of shape to attend are becoming a trend of the future.
Why? It’s hard to compare yourself to others and feel like you’re coming up short.
But, actually the more time you spend taking care of you- the less time you will spend focused on others. You’ll be happy with your body and with yourself, and you won’t need to compare yourself to the standards of others’ bodies and others’ beauty.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” And how true is that! If you’ve struggled to stay on track and you see others doing really well- it can be hard not to be hard on yourself. Dillon wrote a few months ago about how taking the first step can often be the hardest. But, what if you’ve taken that first step and then gotten off track somewhere along the way? it can be equally hard to have fallen off the wagon and then start again. You can feel embarrassed and discouraged- but it’s important to focus on what matters: you’re back! You’re doing what’s best for your body! And we all get off track sometimes.
That’s why I love the Fitness Lab. You will be among people who will encourage and support you no matter where you are in terms of your overall health and fitness. It’s ok to fall off the wagon, as long as you get back on.