Many people have asked me why I don’t run challenges at my training studio. I’ve been asked so much that I started to wonder maybe I should. Then upon thinking a little more, I remembered what my mission is with my clients. I know people haven’t chosen to work with In Motion Fitness because I don’t provide a strict challenge plan. Well, here is a peek into my philosophy in a very straight forward way.
I am not going to challenge you for 30 days. Or 3 months. I’m going to challenge you for 30 minutes. Over and over and over, consistently, for the life of your dedication to yourself and In Motion Fitness.
I am not going to weigh you. I’m not going to give you a goal weight or even a specific goal body fat percentage. I’m going to give you a goal of giving your all for 30 minutes with me. And when you leave me, I’m going to challenge you to treat your body with love. Not torture. Not restriction. Not fasting. Not overtraining.
I’m going to challenge you to push hard when you have it in the tank and to take a rest when your body tells you it needs it.
I’m going to challenge you to look in the mirror and say something you like about yourself and thank your body for supporting you.
I’m going to challenge you to not be all or nothing with your fitness and/or nutrition. I am not going to give you the same meal plan that your other challengers are following, unless of course you have their build their stress, their blood, their brain, in which case we would all work the same and respond the same way. Sh*t, I’m not even going to give you a meal plan!
I’m going to challenge you to find foods you enjoy that make your body feel good. I’m going to challenge you to enjoy your favorite foods without planning how to work them off.
I’m not going to challenge you to eat every two hours. I’m going to challenge you to eat a satisfying meal so that you can go more than two hours without even thinking about food!
I’m not going to challenge you to make your fridge look like a prepared food section at your grocery store. I will challenge you to give yourself healthy options that are easily accessible so you can choose what will satisfy you best in that moment.
I’m not going to challenge you to be at my gym everyday or to tell everyone where you are and what you’re doing. I’m going to challenge you to find activities you enjoy to keep a variety of activities in your arsenal so that you can choose what your body needs each day.
I’m going to challenge you to not be so concerned with what everyone else is doing but to stay in tune with your own body and needs.
I’m going to challenge you to be you. To accept you. To love you. And to know that health is different than weight. A gym doesn’t necessarily burn more calories than the park or your own backyard.
You are in control of you. The motivation of joining a challenge can be a great jumpstart and incentive to reach your goal but I’m going to challenge you not to reach a finish line but to instead, take pleasure in the choices you make everyday knowing you are making those choices out of love for yourself and not fear of not winning the challenge or accomplishing your goal. Because what good is the goal if you can’t keep it up after you reach it? I will challenge you to explore the way that will sustain your health and wellness.
Fitness is for life. There will always be the next best thing but YOU are the very best thing and you are here now. This body you have is forever. So I challenge you to treat yourself like a person you love. Your body is your partner, not your enemy. You wear it everyday. Not for 3o days. Not for 3 months. Not for any amount of time designated by a challenge. But FOREVER.
I challenge you to take a challenge for life – to accept, love and appreciate your body. You will get much further in fitness and in life if you take the time to listen to your body. She knows what she needs more than anyone else can tell you.
Everyday activities that you should consider doing for life:
Sleep. Sweat. Journal. Smile. Drink Water. Get a hobby. Be Grateful. Accept Yourself. As is. Today.