Living A Fitness-Based Lifestyle Is A Privilege

Living A Fitness-Based Lifestyle Is A Privilege

What social media doesn't address regarding fitness influencers or lifestyles.

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When I first started in fitness, I thought it was as simple as working out and eating right. To me, I thought that by doing the workouts these women or men posted on social media and eating a diet of mostly healthy foods, I could obtain their bodies and make mine the best that it could be. But that's not always possible, and it wasn't until I was introduced to the world of supplements and the time demand of fitness that I realized something.

Living a fitness-based lifestyle is a privilege.

Healthy all organic foods, protein bars and powders, BCAAs, pre-workouts, and so much more are just some of the supplements that certain social media fitness influencers use to develop their toned figures. Once they become popular enough, they sometimes get these products for free due to sponsorship or partnership. However, if these products aren't given for free, what's the real cost?

Now I can't speak for specific numbers or for the lifestyle of others, but I can speak for my own.

Each month I purchase multiple tubs of protein powder, BCAAs, Pre-Workout, Vegan and Gluten Free Grocery Items, Electrolyte supplements, and more, the list is extensive. Not everyone can afford these supplements or can afford to workout multiple hours a day, and let me tell you that the price of this lifestyle is expensive. One tub of each supplement is anywhere from $30 to $40, or sometimes more. Buying multiple products, multiple times a month, the math is simple.

So why should those who do not have the privilege of this lifestyle compare themselves to those who do? Well, they shouldn't.

I tried living a fit lifestyle as cheap as possible in the beginning, no supplements or extra help. It was difficult and took an extremely long time. Yes, I got results, but it wasn't until I added in these extra supplements that I began to physically see muscle growth, or even began to see the hint of definition like Instagram influencers. It is not easy to get those results without supplements or spending hours in the gym. It is not cheap to live organically, and locally, or purchase sustainable products.

So please, DO NOT, compare yourself to those who have the privilege of this life.

If you have to work 80 hours this week and you don't have time to eat healthily or go to the gym, THAT'S OK. If you have to save money to pay for insurance or bills and you have to buy a $1 burger instead of a $10 salad this week, THAT'S OK. Do your best to take care of you, your body, and your health, but you don't have to be perfect. You don't have to be like the people on Instagram, the best thing you can do is to just BE YOU.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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It's good for the body and soul.

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