For a lot of people, exercise is viewed as nothing more than a necessary evil. They feel that they have to exercise to be healthy, to lose weight, etc. But framing exercise as a chore or a punishment can be the beginning of a vicious, self perpetuating cycle. You’ll think of clever excuses, you’ll struggle to keep a routine and most importantly you’ll miss out on something totally great and attainable: viewing your workouts as enjoyable. Yep, that’s right: actually viewing your workouts as a reward, as an appointment in your schedule you’ll never want to miss and that you’ll actually look forward to. The key to this is surprisingly simple: find a workout you actually like doing and re-learn WHY you’re doing it.
I started out HATING to work out. After moving to Iowa from Seattle in the dead of winter (no more hiking up hills getting to where I was going, just sitting inside by the fire and driving places), I temporarily gave up my full time massage therapy career and settled into a new relationship with someone who love to cook and drink wine as much as I love to eat and drink wine. Fast forward a couple of months and I had gained 30 pounds. My reaction? HOLY SHIT-What do I do?!?
Running, swimming and dancing were the only exercise I had ever done. Running is my least best friend and dancing wasn't happening. I chose swimming because i really enjoyed being in the water...it felt like playtime to me. I got into the pool everyday for a year. As my strength developed I became more disciplined and I learned to enjoy the challenge of pushing my limits. But I wasn't losing weight as fast as I wanted to. So I tried weight lifting, definitely not my steez, I tried aerobics, and I tried getting into running again, none of the above were making me TICK! After a few months of experimenting with different things I discovered the MAGIC of INDOOR CYCLING. Finally I found something had me excited! Suddenly I was working harder, sweating more, getting more results and LOVING IT! I planned my life around my class schedule and in no time I started teaching so I could continue to support my habit! TRX came into my scene shortly after I began teaching and I immediately loved that as well, the portability, the scalability, the challenge of using my own body weight and the fact that I could develop this whole body strength that was integrated and functional. The rest is history, I am now and forever a fitness junkie :)
My motivation in the beginning was weight loss and it was based in vanity. I didn't feel great about myself and that bothered me, I wanted to not care about my weight and just move to feel good! Over time I let go of the attachment I had to being skinny and my motivation changed. I became stronger and and developed more endurance , I felt better all around and it motivated me to work even harder. I became disciplined in a way I never imagined myself being. And my motivation was coming from a genuinely healthy place of enjoying feeling strong and wanting to see what else my body could do when I put my mind to it!
Find your groove, move for the love of feeling strong and capable!! It makes all the difference in the world! Stick with it and YOU WILL GET RESULTS!
So how about you--have you found YOUR activity? What was it like getting there. Let us know!
P.S. If your groove is dancing we have great news! We will be adding a Cardio Dance Class to our schedule this fall!!
Day + Time TBA, stay tuned!