Highlanders Anonymous: Just the way you are

I know this is cliché, but I truly feel like I’m absolutely disgusting.  Every time I look in the mirror I’m constantly pointing out my flaws and ways to make myself look better. Despite how hard I try I continue to feel worse and worse about my appearance.  I’m not sure what to do because my desire to look a certain way is slowly taking over the way I act, dress and even my motivation to go out in public.  I don’t know what to do to get myself out of this mindset.

Image from Creative Commons.
Do not let a mirror be your enemy. Image from Creative Commons.

The first thing you need to do is pick out the good things about yourself, whether it’s your eyes, your smile or anything else.  This sounds corny, but you need to practice loving and accepting who you are as a person. If you continue to bring yourself down, eventually others are going to see you negatively as well. Also, if you are forever talking about what is wrong with you, people will begin to see only that and no longer focus on the good qualities.

It’s totally natural to have insecurities, but if they are starting to get in the way of going out in public, then the problem’s bigger than you can handle. You might want to go talk to someone, maybe a close friend you can confide in or someone at school with an idea of what steps to take next. People often see asking for help as a sign of weakness, but it truly shows how much strength and courage someone has in order to make needed changes in their life.

I’m a girl who’s new to working out and I don’t know where to start.  I’m not trying to lose weight, I’m just trying to physically look better.  I already eat great but that alone doesn’t help me get the muscle tone and build that I want. I’m asking for ways to start getting the build I’ve been wanting for years.

Best way to start? Cardio. Cardio. Cardio. Not only does this burn a massive amount of calories, it’s amazing for you.  The benefits of the bike, elliptical and treadmill truly begin to show because they burn fat and start toning right away.  Even if you walk on the treadmill at an incline, you will see results. Be careful with treadmills and ellipticals, however, as they can be bad for your knees.

Next is simple weight training. You see those big muscleheads in the gym? It takes a long time to get to that point. Some people never go to Peters because they don’t have many weight machines and usually the weights you want are taken. Go to Muse and start with the bench press. The lowest it goes is 30, but just do five reps then rest and repeat three times. If you’re stronger than that, go for it; just remember to not push yourself too hard.

There’s a great machine for your back and triceps: the rowing machine. You feel the workout for days after. Again, the number of reps and weight that you do is all up to you. From here, you can get a read on what else you would like to do!