Be empowered! We hear that a lot, but what does it really mean? And how can you empower yourself so that you’re then able to empower your students? In this guest post from Lucila Pérez, you’ll discover four actions you can take that will further empower you.
Guest post from Lucila Perez
Be empowered! Empowerment gives you the control to change your life for the better. And for those who are group fitness leaders, you also change the lives of those in your classes.
What does it really mean though, to “Be Empowered?” Empowerment is based on the idea that we are responsible for our actions and their outcomes; that we take initiative and make decisions that will solve our problems and improve performance.
To change your life for the better and become more empowered than you already are, implement these four actions:
Believe: You deserve good health. Believe that. You have the inner power to change your body and make it healthier. Listen to your excuses and you might discover that they are worthless. In other words, those excuses do not increase your worth. When you are in control of your body, you are in control of your life and destiny. Do not doubt this. Do not doubt yourself. When you do the work, you find joy in the journey and belief in yourself.
Commit: Once you believe, make a commitment to your body. You can tell your instructor, family or friends if that helps you, but make the commitment to yourself! Commit to nurturing your body with healthful food, proper breathing, regular activity, and adequate rest. Don’t focus on anyone’s expectations except your own. Use your energy to focus on sabotages that sneak up, such as “let’s go shopping, let’s eat at the new restaurant, don’t workout now, come with me to see a movie.” Your body notices these traps, even when your mind isn’t paying attention, so commit to staying aware of self-sabotage.
Be Consistent: Develop a daily fitness routine. You can do so by taking advantage of every free moment in your day to do even the shortest, simplest exercise, such as a few abdominal moves. Or change your normal habits just a little. For example, if you have stairs, take them two at a time, or make several trips instead of just one. Focus on consistently adding cardio, strength and flexibility conditioning to your life. If you write down your actions in a journal, you’ll be able to easily asses your performance and make changes if necessary.
Be Accountable: the final step toward empowerment is to be accountable for the progress and results you achieve. The office, the traffic, all those things outside of yourself are not in control of you. You are in control of you. Remember, it’s your body.
These four steps are important and necessary for all fitness professionals. How can you empower your clients and students until you’ve done the same for yourself? I’d love to know in the comments below what things you have done to empower yourself or your students.
Here’s to our collective Fitness Power! Namaste.
Bio: Lucila M. Pérez is a bilingual fitness expert and international presenter. Accredited by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, American Council on Exercise, Aerobic & Fitness Association of America, and Stott Pilates. Lucila has earned the status of Master Trainer for QiGNITION, as well as FiTOUR and BOSU. With her charismatic way of teaching, and dedication to quality education, she wants to share the experience of empowerment with the world! empowered to share the experience with others.
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