Most people think about training and exercise as something that we do to make our body to look better, that it's all about changing the outside, but what's not the whole story.
Making the decision to take action and start a training program can also cause profound shifts within as well.
When I started exercising, long before I became a fitness trainer, it was to lose the 40kgs I had gained during pregnancy, an 'outside-focused' motivation.
I wasn't sure I could do it, after all my Mum never lost her pregnancy weight, my body had changed, I was looking after a small baby, where would I find the time?
I made a plan so I knew what I needed to do physically, and I did it everyday, whether I felt like it or not, I stopped eating 'junk food' and ate much more fresh, unprocessed food instead. After a few weeks, I discovered a few changes within me that I hadn't anticipated.
I actually enjoyed the tastes & textures of so many fruits and vegetables and that when I noticed physical changes of carrying less weight, clothes fitting differently, being able to move more easily, it was wonderful.
I could see and feel the results of my decision, it empowered me to keep going and I began to realise that I liked being fitter, I had more energy & felt happier.
I've since seen this happen many times over with clients who start training for one reason and go on to discover myriad benefits in their life that they did not expect:
- more energy in everyday life
- no more 3pm energy slump
- breathing easier
- feeling stronger and more confident
- no more anti-depressant medication required (in consultation with GP)
- more flexibility of movement
- better quality of sleep
- and my favourite...
- being able to conduct a meeting after walking up 3 flights of stairs to the meeting room