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How to Build A Relationship with your Body 

Most people don't understand that physical fitness is all about building the relationship between your internal and external self and nothing more! Once this relationship is developed then you will see exponential growth in your external physique as well as your internal health. 

Think about it - you don't tell your body to heal itself when you're not feeling well, nor do you determine how your body will react to the foods you eat, do you! and the reason why you don't is because you can't! because your body does these things on its own without you even thinking about it, which is something we unconsciously take for granted. that said, while you cant tell your body what to do you can assist it in doing the things it needs to by providing it with what it needs to be healthy.  

Here are  5 tips that will assist you with being more conscious of your nutrition so that you can build a more conscious relationship with your body, along with 4 tips on how to build a relationship with fitness.

A conscious relationship with nutrition 

1.Become aware of why you are eating: Ask yourself: Am I physically hungry or am I eating to comfort, de-stress, please myself or others, or counteract boredom or loneliness? If you aren’t hungry, try to recognize the triggers and temptations that prompt you to eat.

2. Be hopeful and trust that you can overcome any challenges that you are facing. You may be trying to counter years of unhealthy behaviors, so be patient with yourself. If you make an unhealthy choice, treat yourself with love and kindness.

3. Accept that the food rules of your past may no longer be needed or helpful for you anymore. For example, we are often told as children to finish everything on our plates. Give yourself the OK to no longer be a member of the “clean plate club.”

4. Understand that you are a unique person with your own needs and challenges. Don’t overdo the food rules. Learn to trust your hunger and listen to your sense of fullness. Comparing your habits and your body to others around you or in the media may be harmful.  What you see in magazines and on TV is not always true. If you struggle with a healthy body image, it may help to limit your exposure to unhealthy body images in the media.

5. Set positive health goals. Weight loss goals can seem unrealistic or not doable. Be positive, even in how you talk about food. Thinking of your food as a diet or bad adds judgment. Changing your language can help. Instead of seeing sweets as bad, see them as a treat. Allowing yourself a treat from time to time may prevent you from feeling starved and ready to quit.

A conscious relationship with fitness

1.Change your mentality towards exercise. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore. It should be a release; a release physically and mentally from your crummy day at work or from that test you took and think you totally bombed. Maybe, the workout doesn't have to be all "go hard or go home"; what if it was a simple walk on the treadmill or outside to clear your head? Working out as a means to an end (like prepping for a trip, or a class reunion) creates a lot of self-imposed pressure and it leads to a built in stopping point. The added pressure can also increase your risk for injury if you start out too intensely. Why add that to all of life’s other stress? Finding a positive relationship with exercise may take time, but it will be worth it in the long run.

2. Find the workout that makes YOU happy. One of your friends swears by hot yoga, but you have another social circle who only workout at their CrossFit gym. You try both avenues and totally hate them, but stick with them because, hey, that’s what buddies do, right? WRONG. You need to find what makes you tick. If hot yoga isn’t your thing, don’t do it because it’s your BFF's favorite thing to do. Maybe, you like to just take leisure walk/jogs through the park or you enjoy power lifting. You won’t know until you try. (And this leads me into the next item on the list.)

3.Get out of your comfort zone. I know it’s scary, but staying in a comfortable zone doesn’t create change. It also doesn’t help us figure out what we like and it certainly doesn't help us get better. Maybe you can find a buddy to go with you to your first spin class so it isn’t so daunting. Whatever it takes, get out of your comfort zone, try something new, re-evaluate and figure out what works best for you! If you have access to a gym or a corporate fitness center, talk to staff you trust to broaden your perspective on ways to move that might be fun.

4.Get a handle on YOUR Relationship with Exercise. We know now that “getting the perfect body” or “getting ripped for vacay” is NOT a healthy relationship with exercise. A healthy relationship with exercise is using it as a tool to relax, to feel well, and/or to use as a life-long hobby. Trust me, you won’t stick with it if you decide three months before Jamaica you want to look like Jennifer Aniston. Your goals need to be attainable and healthy; they also need to be unique to you.  Exercise shouldn’t be a quick fix to a problem and it shouldn't be complete drudgery each time you strap on your gym shoes. If you hate moving your body, then try another approach.  It should be a life-style choice that you find gratifying and enjoyable.

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