1. Your body is your ally
Our bodies change through aging, pregnancy, illness, weight loss, weight gain, the list goes on. One thing we must learn to do is love our bodies before, during, and after. Be loyal to your body and love it. It’s the only one you have! Use it to help you win battles, not create them. The sooner we conceptualize our bodies as allies instead of enemies, the sooner we learn to mend the split between what we want and aspire to be, versus what and who we are.
2. Choose love not fear
Don't let the fear of not being perfect or accepted hold you back from living the life you want. Instead, live your life by loving yourself and others. Going to the studio and popping your hips might feel embarrassing, but fear isn't running your show anymore because you love yourself, right? Six months from now, you'll be surprised how quickly you started Lithing up a storm. You'll also be amazed at your strength and stamina and it’s all because you said goodbye to fear.
3. Don’t let others tell you how much you’re worth
So many of us have a habit of letting other people’s opinion run their feelings and choices. Can you relate? Here’s the thing though: those people don’t know your story. They can never know the depth of your journey or the beauty of your mind, body, and spirit. If people try to tell you otherwise, walk away. When your best supporters tell you that you're awesome, believe it.
4. Slow and steady wins the race
One of the things that can trip you up while getting fit is lack of patience. We do not like to wait for things. You want to give up because it seems too difficult. Try to remember that the course of our life is not a straight path, but a winding one. We all make wrong turns and double back on ourselves. The best thing we can do is not beat ourselves up, but believe that we are worth it. Then just put one foot in front of the other. A Lither recently told me that she started Lithing a few minutes at a time, then 20 minutes, then 60 minutes. Three weeks ago, she completed her first 6x/week since she started three months ago. And it’s all because she stepped into the studio. Set a small goals and try to work at it in small ways every day.
5. Ignore the Competition
It seems counterintuitive, but when setting up for your sweat session, plop your gloves and props down near a mat in the front of the room (you don't have to be in front of the instructor). This helps you focus on YOU instead of others in the room.
6. Character matters
Our bodies take so many shapes during our lifetime. It is our character that matters the most!
7. Chat up your instructors
Let your instructor know that you are nervous, don’t know what to expect, etc. What you perceive as a weakness is actually strength. Asking for help when you need it is hard, but that's how you learn and grow which will improve your practice and break down barriers.
Of course, now the question must be asked — does fear of judgment or shame about your body ever keep you from getting out there and breaking a sweat for your health? Let’s talk about it!
Lithe Instructor Diana K. via Lauren