These days it seems no matter who you speak to, everyone has their own opinion about food and exercise. Your Mum, Uncle, Cousin, Lecturer, Boss, Colleague, Friend, Accountant, Doctor, Dentist, Cashier, Baker, Butcher, even your local Librarian, all have their own ideas on what exercise works best for them and why you should take up a particular sport, or eat a particular food. Some of them may be of the dedicated health and fitness crowd, who have well and truly converted to this way of thinking; the rest may not even particpate themselves, yet they assure you they have the answer.
So, you join the newest gym, attend the local running club, swim at the nearby pool, go to the famous yoga class and play tennis at the courts; but are you enjoying any of it? You are eating spinach & brocolli 3 times a day, with eggs, chicken and tuna; do you even like spinach? Are you bored yet?
To truly feel healthy, get fit, stay fit and create the lifestyle you are striving for, why are you following other people? Are you going to live your life doing something someone else enjoys? Eating food that you can’t stomach, just because a friend once told you it was good for you? I know I couldn’t!
It’s great to try new things, there’s no harm in listening to someone’s suggestion and giving it a go, but if it doesn’t work for you, there is no necessity for you to continue. Don’t forget you have every right to try something for a one off fee, before signing any contracts. Find a class, sport or programme that you enjoy; something you will stick to and will work effectively for your body. You can mix and match too! Everyone has their own personal preferences, as well as their own goals and needs. Be sensible with food, think about what you are eating, make healthier choices; but be realistic, better to make changes you will stick to than to restrict yourself, concluding in binging.
I believe in indiviudality. Every person ever created has a different mind, body and soul; we all deserve to be treated as the unique people we are. When it comes to health & fitness, this is no different. Respect other’s opinions, then respect yourself enough to form your own.
Health is for everyone, health is for you.
Asalaamu Alaykum ❤ ❤ ❤
Safiyah Esack – 21/05/2013