I’ll be honest, I was going to title this post “Stop Doing Shit You Hate”, but then I figured I’d keep it PG (for my Mom and Dad’s sake). I know I’ve struggled with this concept. It took me a LONG time to realize just how much I hated running and what led me to finally stop.
I was inspired to write this post after chatting with my Aunt on Sunday about her favorite form of exercise that she’s been doing since November: kickboxing! As she was describing what the workouts consisted of and how fun they were, her face was completely lit up. I could tell these kind of workouts made her REALLY happy and excited.
“Everyday at work I always think about how excited I am to leave and go to 9Round. I LOVE it!!!”
I was thrilled that she found a fitness routine that worked for her, and you could tell just by her enthusiasm. She explained that running wasn’t satisfying to her anymore, but she absolutely LOVES the challenge and energy she gets from a 9Round class (the kickboxing studio). Find one in your area if you’re interested!
In this midst of her excitement and joy for this type of fitness, a lightbulb went off in my head. Oh wow, so that’s how you know you’ve found what works for you. That’s how you know when exercise isn’t a chore anymore.
Sure, I like the stuff I’m doing now, but I don’t think I LOVE IT enough to be beaming about it like my Aunt was. Which means that I don’t think I’ve found the type of cross-training that works for me yet, but I know I will this year! Which brings me to the main point of this post….
Stop doing the stuff you hate.
Seriously, if you despise running, don’t start running on a treadmill just because you think it’s what you have to do to be healthy. If yoga is too slow or boring for you, stick to more upbeat workouts. If you get joy and energy out of rollerblading or biking, do that! There is no one-size-fits-all approach to fitness, and you don’t have to do any specific workout to feel fit. It’s taken me SO LONG to realize that, but once you do, your life becomes so much easier. It’s common to feel like you need to be dripping in sweat to have “worked” your body properly, but that’s really not the case.
You all know I am not a fan of running, but I forced myself to do it because I thought I had to run to be considered “fit.” I wondered why my left hamstring always hurt and why I was always tight and tired in dance classes. I wish I could’ve slapped myself and said, ‘WAKE UP, MARINA!’
Find what works for YOU and stick with it.
Some wise words from our First Lady.
This year, I’m finally going to focus on fitness that truly interests and excites ME. Just because my friend loves running and Boot Camp classes doesn’t mean I have to love it too.
For example, I’m highly considering becoming a Barre3 instructor after graduation because I realized how much I missed those workouts. As a dancer with my knowledge of the body, I feel like I could bring a lot to the table and motivate others. (By the way, I’m currently in the works with that so I’ll keep you posted! :))
When it comes to fitness and health, the comparison game doesn’t help anyone.
However, achieving a healthy relationship with exercise and your body IS possible. Don’t worry, I know it’s a journey, but I’ll be right there with you too. <3
Now tell me…
- What’s your favorite form of exercise?
- Tell me one thing in your life that makes you happy and that you could talk about forever ( a hobby, a person, a food etc.)