«The Perfect State of Mind»Different concepts promising you the «perfect body» are everywhere. They go on and on about how you will get a perfect behind and a flat belly, if you just work out and eat this way or the other. Achieving these changes in your appearance is presented as the most important reason to work out, and you are always promised how good you will feel, if only you can change your appearance towards this image of perfection.
What weight training has done for me should rather be measured in mental transformation, not in physical change. Weight training has given me peace of mind and a feeling of safety; knowing that I am strong, have a good posture and good body control. The sense of achievement from mastering a form of training and getting stronger every session, has transformed me into a more calm and confident version of myself. Knowing that I take care of my body with a healthy diet and purposeful training has also given me an assurance that I am capable of meeting any challenge that the future may bring. This, to me, is the «perfect state of mind».
For many people, the health benefits and the great feeling of working out have given way to an all-consuming focus on appearance. An endless pursuit of the «perfect body» that will provide that elusive self-satisfaction. The truth is, we should be chasing the «perfect state of mind». Only when we have achieved that, the perfect body is within reach. Only then will you be able to see that your body IS the perfect body, as long as it is healthy and capable of taking you through all the good things in life.
- Ida Øian
Ida Øian completed her law degree together with a full time job, while at the same time competing as a fitness athlete. Ida is working as a jurist in the Immigrational Tribunal and is also running a fitnessteam; Team Total Package, together with Mette Ulseth and Marianne Aas Krog. Ida gives lectures for companies about determination, motivation and discipline with regards to exercise and diet. Ida has run an anti-doping blog since she started her fitness career two years ago.