• Your Inner Athlete

    Your Inner Athlete

    It’s there, living deep within or just under the surface, your inner athlete. Strong, persistent, hungry for attention, your inner athlete yearns for the freedom to prove just how great she really is. Are you feeding your inner athlete or quietly suffocating her until she no longer exists? It really is up to you to define your inner strength and release the athlete within.

    From the time you were able to move about and all throughout your life, your inner athlete has been a part of who you are. Whether you allowed her to come out and play hard, or quieted her down with sedentary activities, you are chiefly responsible for the development of your inner athlete.

    Many people are referred to as natural athletes. It seems that they excel in whatever sport that they become involved in. These people are definitely in touch with their inner athlete. Whether it is a competitive drive or just the need for accomplishment, these so-called natural athletes set the bar for others to follow.

    Although these super stars may be of the extraordinary few, there are many achievements made by the average woman who strives for fitness. But in order to bridge the gap between couch potato and potential athlete, you must first decide to make changes to your lifestyle. The first thing you want to do is to start moving. Don’t make excuses, don’t procrastinate, just get up and start moving. There are many exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own living room and many more activities that you can engage in outdoors.

    Once you allow your inner athlete a little bit of freedom, you will be surprised at how much fun it is to exercise. Cardio activities, like running, walking, swimming, skating, dancing, skiing and rowing are all fun sports that help you to burn fat and calories at an accelerated rate.

    You don’t have to run a marathon or do a triathlon—at least not right away. The important thing is to participate in an activity that you enjoy so that you will begin to look forward to and not shy away from a women’s fitness program. The reason I emphasize women’s fitness is because a woman’s body is different than a man’s. A woman’s inner athlete is not the same as a man’s. A woman’s center of gravity is statistically one inch lower and further back than a man’s. Because women by rule have a larger pelvis, they also carry more weight in their lower bodies; buttocks, hips and thighs. Men on the other hand, carry their weight above the waist, in their chest and shoulders. Women have a greater amount of body fat than men, too. This is one of the reasons that women have problems with cellulite, something that rarely affects men.

    Liberate your inner athlete and allow yourself to be all that you desire. Don’t let other people sabotage your efforts for a fit and fabulous body. Somewhere along the way, you locked up your inner athlete, it’s time to break those chains and free the extraordinary super star within.

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