Sunday, 29 January 2017

Sweat & Smile

My latest post on motivation, January and just the general atmosphere around exercising have got me thinking a lot about why people workout nowadays. The pressure to look like somebody on social media or a famous person can be overwhelming and sometimes it seems like many of us workout only to look more like them. People want round bums and flat tummies. And they'll do hundreds of squats and crunches daily to achieve their "dreams". While I too enjoy seeing the results of training in my body, I think this is all a bit wrong.



Training is bound to show in your body. It will change depending on the type and intensity of your workouts, how often you train and how much you've exercised before. Seeing those changes means you're doing things right and can wholeheartedly be proud of yourself. What people don't seem to realize though is that the change we achieve won't make us look like somebody else. We're all different and that should be embraced a lot more. Putting people into certain categories is obnoxious, even loose categories such as pear-, apple- and diamond-shaped bodies make me personally sneer. Who fits perfectly into a category anyway?

Instead of trying to look and be more like somebody who we think is perfect, we should concentrate on being the best versions of ourselves. As that might sometimes seem like a never-ending road, we should also try to make the journey fun and enjoy the ride while it lasts. It's got to feel good to do you good. As I mentioned above, different types of workouts and sports will change your body in different ways. What should be emphasized more than that, is that  however you choose to workout, you will benefit from it. So why not choose to do something you enjoy? Picking the right way to exercise by an appearance centered goal might lead you to just another chore to be done. Which is why "I want a flat tummy" isn't the best goal to have in my opinion.


Find something that makes you sweat and smile at the same time. You might not find it immediately and remember that you can also learn to love things, even working out. It's the same with food: to tell whether you like a food or not, you should taste it several times. So don't give up after the first time if a certain type of exercise interests you but feels too hard. You'll get better at it. If you love it, enjoy it and practice enough, your body will also change in the process without you even thinking too much about it. You might not won't look like that person on Instagram whose perfect body you envy, you'll look even better. Because you are beautiful, and living a healthy and active lifestyle will only emphasize your beauty. Don't try to fit into a category and be somebody else, be you.

Happy training lovelies <3
Emma xxx
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    1. It's so important! Happy Saturday Anne! :) xx

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  2. I've started going to the gym recently too but I wasn't motivated by losing lots of weight. Mostly I wanted to stay in control of my body and as you say be the best version of myself! <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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    1. That's so amazing Claire. Rather than looking good for somebody else we should aim to ve stronger or more flexible or faster... happy Saturday! :) xxx

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  3. I love this! I have really been wanting to get back into excersizing and focusing on how to make me better rather than trying to be someone I am not, its good to be realistic and stay focused! I just want to be happy when I look in the mirror :)

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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    1. Sounds great Erin! Nodoby should be working out for somebody else or to look in somebody elses eyes! xxx

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  4. Grest thoughts and you are so right!

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Thanks for commenting and have a lovely day<3 xxx

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