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Balancing goal pursuit with self-appreciation in fitness and wellness

Don’t lose sight of the self-love in exercise: Dre Hinds writes that some people overlook the gains they have made, leading to a diminished sense of accomplishment (File photograph)

Don't be so caught up chasing the goal, forgetting to enjoy the journey and celebrate your progress. Embarking on a fitness and wellness journey is often synonymous with setting ambitious goals and striving for constant improvement.

While this drive for progress is admirable, it's crucial not to lose sight of the essence of self-love and appreciation throughout the process.

All too often, I have clients who become so fixated on chasing their fitness goals that they overlook the significant strides they have made, the lessons learnt, and the beauty of their progress.

This has led to feelings of inadequacy, burnout, and a diminished sense of accomplishment.

Imagine Stacy, a dedicated runner training for her first Bermuda Half-Marathon Derby.

She diligently logs her miles, pushing herself to reach new personal records, yet she rarely takes a moment to acknowledge how far she has come.

Despite running faster and longer distances, Stacy feels perpetually unsatisfied, always chasing a goal that seems just out of reach. As a result, her self-confidence wanes, and her motivation dwindles.

On the flip side, there's Kyle, who approaches his fitness journey with a balanced perspective.

Alongside setting challenging goals, Kyle takes the time to celebrate each milestone achieved.

Whether it's completing a challenging workout, improving his flexibility, or embracing healthier eating habits, Kyle recognises and revels in his progress.

By acknowledging his achievements, he cultivates a positive mindset, boosts his self-esteem, and sustains his enthusiasm for his fitness journey.

The coexistence of goal chasing and celebrating progress is essential for the longevity of your fitness and wellness journey.

By honouring your body's capabilities, acknowledging your achievements, and learning from setbacks, you cultivate a deep sense of self-appreciation and resilience.

This balanced approach not only enhances motivation and satisfaction but also fosters a sustainable lifestyle rooted in self-love and holistic wellbeing.

Embracing the symbiotic relationship between goal pursuit and self-appreciation allows you to derive greater fulfilment from your fitness and wellness journey.

Remember, progress is not solely defined by the destination but by the growth, resilience, and self-love cultivated along the way.

Celebrate your victories, learn from your challenges, and cherish the transformative power of embracing both the pursuit of your goals and the appreciation of your journey.

As usual, remain unapologetic about your fitness and wellness journey, stay true to yourself and always be honest with your efforts.

Happy Wednesday, fitfam!

Dre Hinds is a personal trainer, aerobic and yoga instructor and fitness “addict” with more than 20 years’ experience. She specialises in nutrition, weight and sprint training, operating out of HindsSight Fitness and Wellness at the Berkeley Cultural Centre. Contact her onabsbydre@gmail.com or 599-6683. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under @Absbydre

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Published June 05, 2024 at 7:59 am (Updated June 05, 2024 at 7:28 am)

Balancing goal pursuit with self-appreciation in fitness and wellness

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