OH! Magazine - Australian Version October 2016 - Page 18
( Emotional Fitness )
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Emotional fitness expert Heidi Di Santo helps you
understand how to achieve long term body satisfaction.
hy do you exercise and eat well? Is it
to change your body because you
don't like something about it, or is it
because you love your body and you want to
look after it?
The first attitude causes many problems
and unfortunately, it's the mindset many
people have when it comes to improving
their physical health. The second attitude is
the one that is more likely to lead to long
term success. This is because the intention
behind what you do is critical when it comes
to achieving long term results. Let's look at
this in some more depth.
People who do things with the intention of
loving and respecting their own self will
ultimately experience long term success
because they've been respectful to all of
'parts' within themselves. This is because,
as a person, you are made up of many
different parts; you are not just one single
entity! And when you are respectful towards
all parts of you, all of those parts will want
to work with you in the long term. But if you
achieve your goal by denying, controlling or
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bullying parts of you, then those
downtrodden parts may eventually get fed
up and then rebel against their ill treatment.
This is exactly how a 'war within'
commences, which can really make life feel
difficult. I know this because I've been
I'm not saying that you can't get an amazing
body by bullying, shaming and berating
yourself into the desired result. Sadly, this
is the way many people do it! The long term
of this though, is that although you'll have a
great body, inside there will be parts of you
that feel bullied, shamed, denied and
berated, which is not ideal for your mental
health. It is way more effective to be nice to
all your parts, so that you don't have to
sacrifice your emotional and mental
wellbeing along the way.
So how do you get long term results from
exercise and healthy eating which is not
achieved at the expense of your sanity? The
solution is to be nice to yourself in the
process. Change your attitude towards your
body, from shame and dislike, to love and
respect, and watch the difference.
I realise that knowing something and
actually putting it into practice are two
different things. People who gamble know
that they shouldn't do it, but they can't
stop. This is because they have parts within
that aren't working together towards a
common goal. The same applies when
changing your attitude towards your body. If
you know that you should exercise and eat
well and embrace a more loving intention,
but you just can't stop criticising yourself
when looking in the mirror, then it's probably
time to take action.
Emotional fitness is just as important as
physical fitness, but unfortunately, many
people neglect this area of their wellbeing.
Be kind to, and patient with yourself and
the results just might amaze you.
To learn more about this topic, I'm
offering access to my emotional
fitness training course, called The
Path to Peace and Freedom, for half
price during October. To redeem this
offer head to www.heidi.com.au and
enter the promotion code OCTOBER
when you checkout. Note: this offer is
valid until 31 October 2016.