Recently I’ve been seeing friends post pictures of their infants with these milestone cards that celebrate the growth and development of their little bodies, specifically their muscular strength and control. It got me thinking, why don’t we do this for our adult fitness achievements?
Babies remind us that we aren’t born with a mastery over our bodies and it takes time, effort, and practice to gain the strength and control needed to do new things. Walking can be a long and slow process for children to learn, so why do we expect we will be able to immediately complete new movements and skills without a lot of work? And why aren’t we celebrating when we do conquer something new?
It’s also really important to remember that we should not compare where we are starting to those who have been working out and challenging their bodies for months or years. We don’t expect a 3 month old to be able to do what their 2 year old sibling can do, so why do we so often compare ourselves to someone so much “older” than us in the fitness world?
So go, conquer that new exercise, run that distance, hold that plank. And celebrate each victory along the way! And I'll let you know when I get some fun fitness milestone cards made up for you to take pictures with ;-)
I'm Amanda K; lover of fitness, sweets, veggies, adventure, travel, and happiness.