This week Rachel and Corian are joined by Ellen, Rachel’s “Ruthless in Pursuit” teammate. Before Rachel and Ellen head off for the Impact Games, the 3 ladies get a chance to sit down and talk about the perception of body image in athletics.
There is a perception that athletes (both male and female) need to look a certain way in order to perform at the optimal level. Additionally, they must all do the same thing to achieve their nutrition and performance goals. Corian, Rachel, and Ellen are here to tell you it’s FALSE. Having a healthy relationship with food is the most important step towards reaching your athletic goals and there are multiple ways to get there!
Social media definitely plays into this perception, because we see professional athletes and they all look a certain way. It is important to remember that these people:
- get paid to do fitness,
- have resources that you (probably) don’t have access to, and
- are only showing you carefully selected images.
It’s our job to change society’s perception of what an athlete looks like!
A certain body type isn’t what you should aim for as an athlete – focus on your performance and a healthy relationship with food and the rest will come. It’s important to note, that there isn’t just one way to get to your end goal. What works for Person A, may not be the best fit for Person B. Don’t be afraid to try something different.
A healthy body image and relationship with food is key to get you to where you want to be. It can be difficult when you have a goal to try to do things perfectly in your mind. And when you have a “slip up” or “set back” it’s easy to get really down on yourself. In these moments, you need to take a step back and look at the totality of the goal and incident. The reality of it is, following a “plan” 100% of the time is unrealistic. Be gentle with yourself, it’s all a work in progress. It is so easy to get caught up in trying to do things perfectly, to be perfect, that you lose yourself.
It’s moments like this, it’s important to have a coach or friend to help guide you on your health journey.
If you are interested in talking more about your relationship with food or how to reach you goals – reach out to use today! We would love to talk to you.