Fit Photo by Jennifer Nicole LeeAs women we tend to see fitness as a fix to losing weight in addition to a tool to improve our aesthetics. We (women) strongly believe that once we obtain that specific body, we will love and accept ourselves and live happier lives. This belief often saps our motivation and overlooks fundamental and more important aspects, like getting stronger, connecting with our bodies, and transforming ourselves to be more functionally fit and beautiful — all of which help us live a more productive and fulfilling life. We forget that we are more than our looks, or the number on the scale, or the emotions we feel. There is a greatness within us that we often forget to feed and develop through hard work, dedication and a positive mindset so that we can be successful in conquering our goals.

One of the important things  is for us to go after our own “personal best” by setting positive performance-related goals when it comes to training so that we don’t miss out on reaching our full potential — to learn to use and embrace our bodies and work on our weakness without holding back. There is a liberating energy and excitement that comes when we train to become stronger and challenge ourselves. There is a sense of empowerment that comes from working towards a specific goal and achieving something that may seem “impossible” to do.

Once you begin to train with your focus on getting stronger and not stressing over the way you look, your training becomes more productive and efficient. You place that energy on learning how to move and perform better and in the process break mental barriers. You begin to appreciate, respect and love your body and feel confident in it, always working on your own personal best without comparing it with other women.

Our personal best will vary from day to day and from various stages in life. For some, it could mean lifting a heavier load, performing 10 push ups, or completing a marathon. For others it is simply committing to getting their health back, changing their nutrition, working out for 20 minutes that day or even working towards a healthier stronger lower back that will help you function better. Remember that no matter your fitness background or health complications you can still become the strongest fittest version of yourself.

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