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[Ed. We’re kicking off a new weekly series in conjunction with Fitness Friday called “Ask Amy Lynn!” You might remember Amy Lynn Grover from her FFF feature a few weeks ago, and now you have the opportunity to ask her whatever you want about fitness, exercise, nutrition and yoga. Leave your questions in the comment section or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. This week we had amy open up with the importance of “getting uncomfortable” if you really want to see results.]
Uncomfortable can mean different things for different people. For instance, public speaking, or being confronted by your ex boyfriend or your ex best friend, but for many this picture of being uncomfortable is very clear; it’s 90F and you are wearing something baggy and oversized to cover up your body (showing more would be way too uncomfortable). Majority of people feel uncomfortable knowing that “swimwear season” is around the corner. Being at the pool or the beach in a swimsuit is just plain squeamish. However many people feel uncomfortable in their own skin regardless of what season it is. There is no reason why anyone should have to go through life feeling uncomfortable in their very own skin. Why not (if we are going to be uncomfortable) be uncomfortable in the appropriate places (like the gym)? So I ask you to think about being uncomfortable…. Think about how some little steps can change that awful feeling of being uncomfortable. Little choices can have huge payoffs. Not just fitting into smaller clothes or a bikini (we all want to fit into the stylish clothes), but what about the feeling of being healthy? Cancer free, diabetes free, High blood pressure normalized, being able to walk up a flight of stairs without running out of breath, being able to run around the park with your kids or grandkids, things like that!Spending an hour in the gym, park, pool or wherever you exercise can be uncomfortable. However it is also rewarding which is why we bother going in the first place. Level with me, if you really wanted that new pair of shoes, hair-cut , trip to NYC, Miami, Vegas or Hawaii, plate of pasta, brownie, cookie, whatever it is — there is no question you would do all the things necessary to make time, to get it or get there. My point is when you really want something you DO IT! So why is it when it comes to yourself, your body, it seems to be that it is the last on the list of things to do? Well, no one gets a toned physique by sitting on the couch watching TV, eating cupcakes and junk food. NO ONE, it just doesn’t happen – sorry!If you are feeling uncomfortable it is your fault. A healthy combination of exercising and eating right is half the battle. Your mind does the rest, if you think you are fat then you are, if you think you can’t then you probably can’t. OK so stop being so negative, it’s really that simple, get over your mind and you are half way there. Mentally charge yourself and go! Motivation can come from anywhere, a fitness magazine, an old photo of yourself or someone you admire… Where ever you get it from, just get it, and then find the support from your friends and family and start moving.
I know the whole process can be hard… However putting in some time will prep you for all of those moments outside the hour you spend each day (23 to be exact) to feel comfortable in your own skin. Start to feel good about yourself from the inside out. I mean who really cares what you look like? It is what is on the inside that matters and will reflect on the outside. If you want to feel amazing, that feeling is all up to you. The feeling can be so glorious, it is a natural high in your own body. When the mind is healthy and positive it will reflect how the body is on the outside.
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