MY Fitness | The Gym Factory Warriewood

October 24, 2017( Comments: 0 )

MY Fitness

MY Fitness!

I was asked recently exactly what fitness meant to me, and initially I struggled to put my finger on it. It’s such a large topic, and such a HUGE part of my life, to the point where fitness is not any ONE thing to me. I couldn’t possibly narrow it down to a certain aspect, or feeling, even if I tried, so I decided to do what any university student would do….and I made some dot points! Dot points looked messy, so I took it to the next level, and now, as you see below, we have numerous aspects of fitness, broken down into individual letters.

F: Force
I: Individual
T: Targets
N: Nutrition
E: Emotional
S: SQUATS
S: Support

Force: There are a couple of versions of force that apply to fitness, both of equal importance! It could be the force you exert to an exercise or movement….or forcing yourself to get something done. Either way, there is a force required to get ourselves out of that comfort zone and into the Arnold Schwarzenegger mode of “YOU CAN DO IT!”

Individual: This is SO, so important. We are all different. We all have our own needs, wants, can and can’t dos when it comes to health and fitness. What works for one person, may not work for us, and that’s ok!

Targets: I personally struggle with motivation from time to time and I’ve always found setting targets and goals really helps. Whether it is a new PB, getting a little bit of muscle gain or a little change in my program or diet to get a little summer shred on, the best way for me to keep track is to write it all down! Keep track of your goals, PB’s and most of all the positive reinforcements that you hear, see and think, to keep you on track and pushing on!

Nutrition: Well…not going to lie, I am a sucker for sugary food. I always have been. My mum would literally catch me with a jar of Nutella going at it with a spoon, pretty much every day as a kid. I’m not saying that I’m still that bad, but I do like to treat myself to a cheeky treat here or there! Unfortunately, it can’t always be like this, so to try and avoid cravings, preparation is key! Meal prepping the good old meat, vegetables and rice helps me with maintaining energy levels, gaining a bit of muscle, feeling satiated, and knowing that I’m giving my body the essential nutrients that it needs. Your body is a temple, you’ve only got the one and you can’t swap it! The saying “you are what you eat” is so very true!

Emotional: Classic female talking about emotions is what you’re thinking hey? Well yes. But it’s good both mentally and physically to talk about your emotions, especially in the HEALTH and fitness sense. Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Television. Everywhere you look, there is a huge pressure to look a certain way, and to have the “perfect” body. Do I have this body? No…But who does? There are actually very few of us that do…and this is 100% okay! We’ve all got different body shapes, and are all different in our own unique way. That is pretty darn awesome! What isn’t darn awesome though, is our own insecurities. They can ruin our entire perspective on fitness! It comes down to our ability to push aside these insecurities, and find those things that can help to get you back into a solid and positive mindset and to remember you are beautiful in your own special and unique way! Personally, the way I attempt to deal with and overcome any insecure or downward moment in my life, is to read articles or books that have a positive outlook on life and different situations. I also write positive notes or affirmations in a journal to read back on when I’m struggling! I meditate, i talk to those who I confide in and i even listen to some up-beat music! There’s always a little way to make your heart smile again, so I suggest spending some time to find that one thing that will make you feel even that little bit better, and reminding yourself how amazing you are!

Squats: Simple. When in doubt, squat it out!

Support: The Gym Factory (not being bias) is an awesome support network and gym! I wouldn’t be where I’m at today without the people I work and train with. I’ve made lifelong friends and everyone cares about everyone. No matter what time you train, motivation to get in can be difficult! But it is made easier by having people that push you and make sure you’re getting to the gym. Whether that be your family, the PT’s or your friends in or outside of the gym! Support ties in very well with the E in FITNESS. Often you’ll find a lot of other people in the gym that have had or are going through the same emotional struggles and battles as you and that’s great because it’s a way to de-stress, express and re-build your mindset in a positive, supported and healthy setting.

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you enjoyed my little insight into what fitness means to me! If anyone ever needs to talk or needs help with anything – you’ll know where to find me in the gym 🙂

Bree xx

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