Don’t exercise enough? Feel guilty? STOP! Don’t fall in the over-exercise trap!
It is important to exercise, yes, but it is not okay to feel guilty if you are not able to reach a particular body shape or weight.
If you have read my earlier articles you probably know that I am a little keen on things about health, fitness, and wellness.
I was never a very active person, and I was the typical school girl who would find all the excuses to bunk the PT class to avoid running around. And of course, I am extremely lazy too when it comes to exercising.
However, ever since the birth of my second baby, I did start thinking about how important it was for me to be in a particular weight range and how I really had to start doing something about it.
In my quest for getting fitter, losing weight and looking better, I have been through a lot of experiments involving my diet, workout and overall routine. I have finally managed to find something that works for me, but let me tell you, it is a very confusing and tempting world out there.
In these times of social media, almost everyone is a fitness, health and wellness expert and everyone tells you what to do. The problem is, a lot of them tell you that what you are doing is not enough, and honestly, you really don’t know what to do.
The guilt that comes in is what I call the guilt of thinking you are not doing your best. I have suffered through that guilt too, and I still do. But yes, a few tips helped me falling into the trap of trying to listen to every opinion out there, so do take a look.
3 ways to avoid feeling guilty and be motivated instead
1. Do not follow each and every one: There will always be tonnes of channels and pages and articles on social media that show you how much they are working out others are doing, how your colleague is running marathons almost every weekend, how someone has lost so many kilos in just so many weeks and so on.
When you compare this with what you are doing, it is normal to feel you are not doing enough. Stop following up too many fitness or health channels is what I will suggest.
2. Listen to someone who is a professional or learn from real stories: Most of the times, it is best to follow a health website or listen to others like you who have been through the same struggles and achieved what they have.
A celebrity mom may be able to lose all the pregnancy weight in just two months after the delivery. If you try to follow the same, it may not be such a realistic goal to set for yourself. Why not listen to regular moms like you and me and find out everyday tips that can work?
3. Our bodies are different, love it: Your first step is to start loving your body. Right now it may not be in the best of shape, but it will surely be one day. Every body type is different, someone is genetically lean, I am the type who can gain weight just by thinking about food, some mommy friends I know have outstanding metabolism and eat whatever but still are super lean and thin.
I am a voluptuous woman, I love my curves. My friend loves smaller assets and loves to be skinny. Understand what your preference is and try and find a routine that will work for your body type.
Moms, the important thing is to love yourself and understand that you are trying to lose weight for yourself first, and then for anyone else. It is important to exercise, yes, but it is not okay to feel guilty if you are not able to reach a particular body shape or weight.
Give yourself time and continue the hard work. You will soon see results that make you happy, just talk to us and to each other for inspiration, and yes, keep inspiring us too!