Working Out to “Look Good” & Changing your Perspective
Emily R Pappas, M.S.
Everyone wants to look good. We get it! There’s nothing wrong with exercising for the sake of your overall appearance. But “good” is a relative term, and it can be hard to measure. So what if we shift to conversation from “looking good” to “look what I can do”?
Feeling Good about Progress
For example, let’s look at a specific movement, like a hang clean. Maybe you have a personal goal to hit 100lbs. But to get there, you need lots of technique and strength work. Each day you train, you get a little better and closer to your goal. Having better technique and increasing the weights you is measurable progress. Progress that you have EARNED from working hard to masker a skill. That has to feel pretty good, Right?!
Feeling Good about Food
Here’s another example. What if 80% of your food choices were intentionally made to fuel your body for optimal performance? For better energy levels and proper macronutrient balance? What if those choices also helped you recover faster from your training, which led to improved performance in your grind to your goal! That has to feel pretty good, too….
Feeling Good about You
So let’s put it all together. When you start by focusing on your progress in the gym, and you add in good food choices to fuel your body, you see awesome gains in your performance. When you meet your goals, you decide to make NEW ones and work even harder.
Now take a look in the mirror.
Pretty great, right?!
That’s because you worked hard, saw measurable signs of progress, and found out you can do more with your body than you ever thought you could.
And that looks pretty good on you.
And FEELS even better.
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