32 Tips to Improve Your Health & Fitness Tip #29

32 Tips to Improve Your Health and Fitness

#29. Give Yourself Grace

#29. Give Yourself Grace

What do you do when your workouts leave you feeling defeated? When life events pull you away from your ability to be fit & healthy? When you don’t feel as in shape as you would like to be? ⠀

First, last, and always: give yourself grace.⠀

Working out requires a certain vulnerability, an acceptance of the fact that you are always a work in progress. When you workout, no matter your performance, no matter how you compare to other people, you are working on being your best self.⠀

Give yourself grace when you feel defeated after a workout. The first rule of CrossFit is to leave your ego outside the door. This is the first rule for a reason: you are only ever competing against you, to be better today than you were yesterday.⠀

Every time you workout you PR the number of times you have worked out. Give yourself grace, and be proud of putting one foot in front of the other, be proud of getting off the couch, of choosing to suffer momentarily for the long term satisfaction of being a healthier, fitter you.⠀

Give yourself grace instead of comparing your fitness today to your fitness during a previous stage in life. For every stage in life you pass through, you make trade-offs. With kids, and spouses, and careers come commitments (financial, time, emotional, etc.).⠀

Give yourself grace, knowing that the stage of life you are in now requires certain trade-offs. Set a time diary, based on your Rocks/Pebbles/Sand (see yesterday’s tip) to prioritize what you can and should be doing during this stage in life.⠀

Give yourself grace when you feel like your current level of fitness is not where you want it. It may seem overwhelming when there is so much to work on (nutrition, sleep, workouts, etc.). But, wherever you are today on your fitness journey, all you need to do is take one step closer to being healthier.

If you have an idea that you could be healthier, and fitter, great! That is the start of a goal. The start of a plan. The start of making healthy changes in your life.

Each workout, and each bite of broccoli is one step on the never-ending journey to live into the truest expression of who you are capable of becoming.