We’re counting down Christmas and the launch of COR44™ with the twelve most common barriers to fitness. Yesterday we tackled one of the biggest hurdles: TIME. Remember what we say at COR44™? It’s your time. And if you remember YOU ARE WORTHY, then YOU get to decide what to do with it.
The second most common barrier to fitness is a sensitive one: I DON’T LIKE MY BODY.
How many times have you given up before you even started because you felt uncomfortable in your own skin? This doesn’t apply only to fitness, but to life. Whether your personal version is I don’t like my body or simply I don’t feel like I fit in here, let me just tell you this: You’re not alone. If I had even a penny for every time I’ve felt too small, not enough, or flat out ridiculous I would be a millionaire.
While I know it’s not easy, here are a few tips to get moving, even if (right now) you don’t like your body:
- Avoid the crowd: If you’re uncomfortable around others, start working out on your own. Next week we’re launching the perfect tool! COR44™ Personal Training Cards™ provide the what and the how, all you need to do is show up. I designed this product so it’s highly likely you already have everything you need.
- Go off-road: There is nothing more centering than getting outside in nature. Go for a walk or a hike, or a run on a trail through the woods, around a lake or inside a park. Nature is a natural healer for the spirit, soul, mind and body. Take advantage of what’s right outside your door.
- Focus on the future: Praise yourself for making a commitment to your health! Remember that as you become fitter and more comfortable exercising, your self-confidence is going to increase and your self-consciousness will decrease. Win-win!
Regardless of your particular version of the statement: I don’t like my body; it’s essence boils down to this: You’re self conscious. Maybe you’re clothes aren’t right, your shoes are old, or the thought of pulling on spandex makes you die a little inside. Here is what you must remember: You are not defined by the size or shape of your body. What makes you beautiful is that you move and live with the heartbeat of your soul. You know what makes you feel good. You know what makes you come alive.
Today’s CORbelief is this: I AM ENOUGH.
Did you know that whatever size or shape or struggle you find yourself in right now, you’re enough? You are. COR44’s mission is to use fitness to get to the cor of who you are. You might be wondering what COR44™ means or why it’s called what it’s called. In the Old French, cor comes from the word courage. In Latin, it means heart and remains a common metaphor for inner strength. Here’s what I know: Courage comes from the heart.
If you can remember in your heart that you are enough, no matter what, you will find the courage to do anything. You will find the courage to step out in the face of fear or judgment or the face of your critics, and do it anyway. Everything you do comes from your heart, and COR44™ exists to help you be strong. Spirit, soul, mind and body.
Here is your new mission: I will work out because I love my body, not because I hate it. Repeat it as many times as you must until you know it by heart. Your body is a temple. Beautifully designed. Perfectly created in the image of God. It has been entrusted to you to love and care for all the days you live on this earth. Regardless of whatever measuring tape you hold yourself up to; whatever size or shape, season or situation you find yourself in: You are enough.