“We all have challenges and opportunities on the road of life and it’s within our power to channel them in ways to support our dreams.”
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I made a promise to myself that I would do anything I can to reach my full potential. Training and nutrition is a big part of that. I started training a long time ago to reduce the risk of injury and to improve my skiing. As years passed by, my love for training grew. It is now an essential part of my lifestyle. Especially in times when I’m recovering from an injury what keeps me sane is being able to go to the gym everyday.
The thing about the gym is that, in a world that constantly frames women's health around our need to get smaller, it's the only place I've found where goals are all about increasing. As women, we are bombarded with the message that we are too big. We need to take up less space, to make the numbers on the scale go down, to measure our waists with fewer inches. We are told to shrink. To me, that is not health.
But at the gym, unless you're focusing on decreasing what you see on the scale, the numbers go up, not down. Your muscles get bigger. The weights you lift get heavier. The time you can hold a plank gets longer. The number of exercises you can master get more numerous. It's a way out of the negative thigh-gap, bikini-bridge, thinspiration spiral.
And most importantly, it all makes me feel good. It's even – dare I say it – fun. It's fun to move in new ways. It's fun to watch your progress. It's fun looking at the 3kg dumbbells I once used and thinking, "look how cute and tiny they are." And then picking up the 20kg dumbbells and feeling like a champ. And yeah, I've lost some weight and that's nice and all, but feeling like you can do anything? That's better than nice. Because at the end of the day, bodies aren't for looking at, they're for living in. So the real measure of how great they are is whether you can do everything you want in them. And the more stuff you can do, the more awesome that is. Because again, it's about more not less.
People come to the gym to work hard, focus and achieve their goals. This creates an amazing positive and motivational environment. The feeling I get when I turn my music on, tune the world out and lift heavy weights is why I go to the gym.