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7 Tips for Plus-Size Fitness

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Sticking to a fitness routine can be tough for anyone, but plus-size individuals can face an even greater obstacle – false hope. Big weight loss and fitness promises are everywhere these days, claiming that with a certain diet and the right exercises, anyone can achieve the thin, toned or sculpted bodies we see plastered all over magazines. While these promises can be motivating, to an extent, they often also result in setting unrealistic goals and expectations that are inevitably not met, which can lead to feelings of failure and resignation. If you instead learn to focus on the important aspects of fitness, rather than on achieving a perfect body, you may be able to spark a love of fitness that you never knew you could have!

7. Accept Your Body

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There are two kinds of people you’ll find in the gym – those who are there because they love their bodies, and those who are there because they hate their bodies. If you come into fitness as the latter, you’ll inevitably throw in the towel, and probably pretty early on. Starting a fitness routine based on a hatred of certain aspects of your body and a desire to change those things will lead to frustration when you don’t see the pounds falling off or your body changing in the ways you had hoped. If you instead start working out because you genuinely love your body and want to keep it strong and healthy, you’ll never be disappointed with a workout. After all, if your goal is to keep your body healthy through regular exercise, then every time you work out, you have met that goal, regardless of how that workout might change the size or shape of your body.

6. Seek Validation from Within

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Seeking validation from others is a dangerous road to go down, especially when it comes to fitness. While people may be excited for you when you first begin your fitness journey, enthusiasm tends to die down quickly, and you may even run into a few people who are unsupportive or outright resentful. If you focus your efforts on self-motivation and achieving personal success, instead, rather than validation from others, you’re much more likely to stick to your fitness routine long-term. So, accept a pat on the back occasionally from others, but always make sure your main source of motivation and sense of validation comes from within!

5. Connect with Others

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Joining a group exercise class or even just connecting with like-minded people online is a great way to keep yourself motivated, while enjoying some new friendships. Try connecting with people who are at the same fitness level as you are, since it’s easy to feel intimidated when you’re surrounded by slender, super-fit people when you’re just getting started. Finding a group of plus-size people to connect with (and maybe even workout with) is a great way to stay on track without feeling inadequate or intimidated.

4. Start With a 90-Day Goal

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A great way to avoid feeling overwhelmed is to give yourself reasonable and attainable fitness goals, especially when you’re first starting out. Instead of putting those goals in terms of pounds or inches lost, however, try giving yourself a goal of 90 days. Commit to three workouts per week for 90 days, for example, and then evaluate your progress at the end of 90 days and adjust as needed. This will give you a specific, tangible goal to work toward for a set amount of time, which can make it much easier to stay on track and avoid feeling discouraged, even when the scale refuses to budge.

Marissa is a talented writer and journalist with a strong background in covering physical and mental health issues. Find Marissa on LinkedIn!

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