Training and Body Positivity: a possible combination?

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Let’s love each other!

And this time it’s an order. An imperative dogma, at least as much believe more in yourself, have more self-esteem and awareness. How to do? According to Carlotta Gagna, creator of the Trainpink project and author of the book Trainpink. Fitness for all (yes, for you too)the the solution is training. Provided that it is carried out from a Body Positivity perspective.

Two realities that cannot coexist? Certainly not, Carlotta’s personal history confirms this. Problems of anorexia and binge eating to rediscover your body through fitness, training has become a means of self-acceptance. And take care of her as she deserves.

No obsession with your appearance, just the willingness to use training as a tool for psychophysical well-being. As Carlotta says, indeed, Body Positivity does not mean passively accepting everything. “Let’s accept each other, never stop improving”, his motto, is the perfect summary of how to try to make training and self-acceptance.

Body Positivity and training: new frontiers

Nutrition, training and self-love are not mutually exclusive concepts. “Accepting yourself does not mean being in love with yourself everyday. Or think about looking in the mirror and adoring every part of us. Simply, it is to love each other as one would love a dear friend of ours which, perhaps, sometimes makes us a little angry, whose choices we do not share, but without which we could not live”.

A fundamental prerequisite before starting to play sports. Physical form, in fact, does not serve to transform the body so that we can appreciate it afterwards. Choosing to dedicate yourself to training must be a gesture of love that you make for yourself. “If we start training because we hate each other or want to work on a flaw, we will be obsessed with a single detail”. The result? Disappointing. No matter how hard you work with nutrition or training, it takes time to see results. here because, training for the wrong reasons is a doomed path.

Frustration increases, comparison with others becomes ruthless. On the contrary, therefore, You have to learn to love yourself and take care of yourself first.. Only then can you really devote yourself to training. “If we know what our limits are, even in terms of time, and realize that our body is not a machine, then we can see the training as a moment for us”. And the results will come.

Training is not just about aesthetics

Not everyone loves fitness, that’s a fact. On the other hand, it is scientifically proven how good physical activity is. And not just for the body. “Endorphins are released during training, so whatever activity you choose, you’ll feel better at the end“.

The relationship between training and self-esteem is more complex. In fact, the key is to proceed step by step. “After a month of training, it’s normal to feel stronger, even if you only train 20 minutes three times a week and you don’t like it. Feeling gradually better and achieving a goal, however, gives satisfaction and helps improve self-esteem“.

Provided, of course, that you try to be concrete and realistic. There’s no point in forcing yourself into an overly rushed workout routine. Training should be a time to dedicate, not a punishment. “You have to live your training in a concrete way, adapting it to your abilities and your commitments. Even 10/15 minutes – at the beginning – can be enough”.

Workout obsession: how to do it

You find yourself counting calories, planning your day to make sure you don’t go overboard with your workout, dealing with the guilt of skipping the gym. Obsession with working out is a much more real danger than you might think..

A feeling that Carlotta knows well. She herself struggled with an obsession with food for years. “We need to realize one fundamental thing: the body also needs rest. Training every day or for an extended period of time is counterproductive”. In the most extreme cases, the best solution is therefore ask for help.

Training and Body Positivity, how to set the right goals?

“Training is not becoming someone else. There are things that depend on genetics that cannot be changed. We can improve and try to change, but it is counterproductive to focus on a feature that would require surgery.

An excuse? No, genetics cannot become a shield to hide behind. “Although localized weight loss does not exist, working out and eating right can help you improve”. Even in those points that Mother Nature wanted to make particularly difficult. “There are people who, for example, are more predisposed to have cellulite. So genetics can determine the percentage of improvement, but do not make it impossible to do“.

Body Positivity and social training

Carlotta has an (almost) all-female community, which tells and supports each other. Especially wanting to improve belly and legs, areas considered critical by most of his followers. But the difficulties are also and above all psychological. “I realize that a lot of girls are insecure, because they compare themselves too much to others, because they feel the weight of other people’s words and worry about what people might think of them. “

Unfortunately, there are also many girls who do not have a healthy relationship with food. “There are a lot more people with eating disorders than meets the eye.” That’s why Carlotta strongly believes in the intelligent use of social networks. On the one hand, in fact, they have to the extreme certain standards of beauty. “It is not easy to realize how much a photo or a video can be manipulated. Filters, poses and lights tell only one frame”. On the other hand, their role in communication is undeniable. “There are many accounts that are worth following and that serve to inform and make people understand that social networks are not reality. You must know discern between valuable information“.

Of course, talking about yourself on social networks is not easy. “The key is to have confidence in yourself, be aware of your strengths and who you are. Sharing, in any case, is good because you have the possibility of helping a lot of people too”. the hateful there is no shortage, the important thing is not to be discouraged.

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