For whatever reason, this post has taken me a while to write. You see, I have a strong love/hate relationship with working out. Until a few years ago, I really never had to work out. I was (and still am!) more about alternative forms of exercise – taking Finn for a long walk, cleaning the house, yard work, etc. As I saw it, I’m tall enough with a ridiculously long torso and a metabolism that is through the roof – why do I need to go to the gym? Ha. Back at the beginning of the year was when I first started to feel not so great about myself, and I knew that it was time for a change.
When it comes to body image, it’s still hard for me to accept that I’m not a teenager anymore. Now I have hips, a rounder face, larger arms, and an overall more mature figure. I think that’s why I struggle when I look in the mirror sometimes – I still want to see the super-thin, lean 20-year-old version of myself. But, hey – that’s just not reality! I’m different, my body is different, and I have new/different needs to stay healthy. And, that includes going to the gym on a regular basis.
At the beginning of the summer, I made the commitment to go to the gym at least three to four times a week. So far, that schedule has been successful for me! It’s nearly second nature now on most days. I especially push myself on days that I don’t “feel” like going. If I wake up making excuses of why I shouldn’t or can’t go to the gym, that’s how I know I NEED to go. My mind sometimes goes into overdrive, particularly when I’m stressed, and the gym helps to relieve that. And, that’s precisely why I exercise. It’s an hour each day that I can be selfish and take care of myself. As a result, I’m happier, more confident in myself and appearance, and way more productive the rest of the day.
It did take me a little bit to get into a groove at the gym, but I finally found what works for me and holds my attention everyday. If you’re looking for an easy, low-impact everyday workout, I put together my current workout routine for you! You can customize this workout to accommodate your fitness level and desired results.
So, now you know why I exercise and my current workout routine. With the start of a new season upon us, now is a great time to jump start your fitness and health goals so that you can feel your best for the remainder of 2016. I know that I feel the best that I have in a while, and I’m excited to see where my commitment to fitness takes me in the coming months.
Do you struggle with negative body image? How do you motivate yourself to go to the gym and/or workout? Do you have a favorite workout or class that you attend?