We've all had those fitness instructors we just can't connect with. They make you do way too many sets of one exercise. They yell too much. Their music isn't your jam. And then there's the biggie: They say things that you simply cannot agree with.
Though it's healthy to have different outlooks, sometimes, when you have the choice, it makes you want to run for the hills. But there's something to be said about encountering another individual, specifically an instructor, whose words put a thorn in your side instead of motivate you. It helps you to reflect on why what they said bothers you so much, and how you can use it as fuel to move onward and upward with the words you choose to speak.
For one woman attending an exercise class, she was able to take something good out of the bad she was feeling. As her instructor urged her to picture how she'd look in "that dress," she realized this supposed encouragement was providing her with much more negativity, distancing her from the joy of working out. It was then that she realized she wanted to create a more positive world for her 3-year-old daughter to grow up in — using other methods to show that taking care of your body can be fun and fulfilling, and that it is not simply meant to squeeze into any piece of clothing.
Here are her 10 pieces of advice she hopes to continue to communicate to her daughter as she grows:
1. Strength equals self-sufficiency.
2. Fitness opens doors.
3. The bike is the new golf course.
4. Exercise is a lifestyle, not an event.
5. Health begets health.
6. Endorphins help you cope.
7. Working out signals hard-working.
8. If you feel beautiful, you look beautiful.
9. Nature rules.
10. Little eyes are always watching.
What piece of advice have you given yourself and others to ensure that living a healthy lifestyle is seen in a positive light?