“To Love Yourself Is To Understand You Don’t Need To Be Perfect To Be Good.”
As a gymnast your mentality for the most part is a little different, you work very hard on a daily basis. But for most gymnasts it always feels like there is someone stronger than you, someone more flexible and, someone more courageous. But keeping all that in mind the only person you should be competing with is yourself. Every time you go to practice you should do the best you can do, not someone else’s best. In some ways this applies to your body as well, everybody is built different and i’m sure you have heard this many times before but it is a very true statement and something that should be taken to heart more often. Your body can only be your best don’t forget that!
Body image is a very big topic right now but not a lot of people discuss athletes and their struggle with growing, aging, and changing. As a gymnast you grow up being very strong and for the most part, in absolutely fantastic shape because the sport requires it. But what about when you get older and you go through puberty? It gets harder to keep that incredibly fit physique, especially during the transition from young girl to young woman your body changes quite a bit. Something I struggled with and I know others have struggled with is getting older and gaining weight. Now don’t get me wrong there is a difference between getting a more mature figure and gaining unhealthy weight. If you notice your body beginning to look different or not most fit on your team that doesn’t mean your in bad shape or your fat, as weird as it might sound it just means your normal. There are ways to stay in the best shape you can and most gymnasts know and understand what they can do. What you do outside the gym as far as eating, sleeping, and etc affects your body and skills inside the gym no matter how old or young you are. But no matter what never be ashamed of your weight or muscle, nobody is perfect. When I hear girls in my gym and on my team say things like “oh my gosh I cant eat that, i’m so fat” or “Look how skinny that girl is, I wish I looked like her” it hurts this is not how 12 to 15 year olds should be thinking.
There is no reason for any young girl to feel this way, ladies don’t let anyone make you feel ashamed. Be proud of who you are and what you look like because your amazing in your own way even if some people don’t see that. There will be people who just want to bring you down no matter what you do or hard you try someone will have something to say about it. Ignore it, look in the mirror and reassure yourself because if you are happy with yourself things will fall in line.