Confidence is an attribute many of us strive to achieve either through external or internal means…most times, it’s external means we look to that can give us confidence. It could be a new outfit or new eye shadow…. a great workout or a new haircut. We can work to adjust our outside appearance to increase our confidence, but I believe that true confidence can be built through an increase in our KNOWLEDGE.
Let me explain…
When it comes to our outside appearance whether it’s an adjustment to our look or adjusting our physical shape, we must first increase our knowledge in that area. Particularly when it comes to our nutrition and physical fitness…
I may be a super planful person, but it’s a far cry from where I used to be. I used to dive face-first into things whether I saw a commercial for a new diet pill or heard about a new diet plan that would help me lose 30+ lbs in a month. Over the course of the last 5 years I’ve learned that you can’t a) believe everything you hear and b) have to teach yourself how to accomplish your goals step by step – each lesson you learn along the way gives you more and more confidence to show you it is possible!
When I became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2013 I honestly felt that all of the information I learned was beneficial to EVERYONE. Even if you’re not going into the field to train, understanding HOW the body moves and WHY it does what it does with WHAT you take in with your nutrition help it all make sense. I thought back to the low-carb diets I tried and also when I learned I had to try to take in 100g+ of protein a day – I dived into those habits without understanding they weren’t necessarily things that made sense for me. I’ve learned that your body needs ALL macronutrients to not only survive but also to work functionally for weight loss, I learned how certain workout interval training methods made workouts more efficient – and so many other valuable lessons!
So, how can you increase YOUR knowledge base to build confidence on your fitness journey?
* Research! If you have heard about a recent fitness or nutrition trend, look online for reviews or scientific information explaining HOW they work and the outcomes of others who’ve tried them
* Before changing your eating habits or depleting a specific food from your diet, ask yourself WHY? Now if it’s sugar (refined) or unhealthy fats or something you’re allergic too that makes sense – but if you’re cutting back, be sure you’re not taking something away that your body may need. Instead of deleting, adjust accordingly.
* With trends with workouts and gyms, see the results of others – the proof is in the pudding right? Is the equipment supposed to magically help you lose weight? Are you going to be in an unsafe environment without modifications? Check yourself before you wreck yourself!
* Take an online course to learn about nutrition or fitness in a functional manner – it’ll help you think before you eat and also pay attention more to form when you’re working out.
You catch my drift right? I say these things from a place of love and from personal experience!