Not everyone loves to exercise. We all have at least one friend or family member who truly hates working out. I understand that… because I used to be that person. But I came to find, that it was simply because I hadn’t found a way of exercising that I actually enjoyed… and my negative views of working out were the root of that problem.
I got into fitness in my Senior year of college (circa 2011) after several years of partying my face off (and packing on the pounds). I was sick of feeling sick and tired, so I decided to get healthy. I fell in love with lifting weights!!! Unfortunately, those of you that follow me on Instagram and my other social media know by now that I haven’t been able to lift weights like I used to for 8+ months. It’s been really rough, because lifting had become my passion… it was a stress reliever for me… my therapy. Unfortunately, some spine issues caused me to back off. (The spine issues came from previous injuries, they didn’t come from lifting weights, just for the record.).
It wasn’t until recently that I randomly decided to lace up my kicks at 5:00 a.m. to go for a morning jog. I remember when I used to hate cardio. It was something I forced myself to do because I wanted to burn calories, and that was it. I never looked at it as therapy, or a time to unwind. I half expected to come back after a couple miles with neck issues, shin splints and knee pain. But I didn’t. I woke up that morning to cool, foggy weather. When I stepped onto the pavement and looked around, I didn’t hear a sound. It was so incredibly peaceful. I put on Pandora and completely zoned out. What felt like only 20 minutes ended up being over an hour. I was ecstatic! Suddenly I came to understand what a “runner’s high” really meant. I stretched afterward and felt like “a million bucks” (as cliche as that sounds, it’s true). Now I cherish those early mornings. They’re my “me-time”.
I’ll never fall “out” of love with lifting weights. After all, weights are what got me started in fitness and built the curves and strength that I have now. But I look at jogging as the thing that kept me sane and picked me up when I was at an all-time low in motivation.
Perspective is everything. What it came down to was, I had never opened my mind to the possibility that I could actually ENJOY this type of workout. I had always allowed myself to think so negatively about it, that I didn’t give it a fair chance. But when I was finally faced with the realization that I might never be able to lift again the way I always had, I was forced to change my tune.
I hope that wherever you are in your health and fitness journey, you find your passion for exercise. You don’t need to choose something just because everyone else is doing it… you just need to find what works for YOU… Find something you love and can do on a regular basis. If you haven’t found it yet, maybe you need to re-evaluate how you think about exercise. When you actively think about exercise as a punishment, that’s exactly what it’s going to be. I’m not saying it’s easy to change that mindset by any means… it takes work. But when you finally find your passion, you’ll see that the hard work was worth it!
I decided to make a group on Facebook for those of you who are looking for a support system. It’s going to be a “closed” group, so it’s not public for everyone to see (people have to be approved first). I’ll be posting about my own workouts, meals and other stuff in there too and responding to you guys! I know when I have made groups in the past, you ladies wanted to keep it female only because of guys being creeps and I completely understand… so this one will be female-only as well. Here is the link to the group: MTL Fitness Support Group Feel free to invite your girlfriends who might enjoy a little extra motivation!