Updated: May 24
A workout is many things to me. The daily ritual of a workout has taught me so many lessons in life that have shaped the way I view challenges. Life is truly an unknown path that we are all on and we never know when our path can have a sudden road block. We always have a choice to either panic at the road block and give up or create a new path. It is through daily practices and habits that we prepare ourselves for who we want to be.
Fitness started at a young age for me and I immediately became addicted. It has always been there for me and I decided to make it my career. There are so many things I say as a coach during a workout that can be transferred into daily life.
For example, muscles under tension equals muscles that will change shape. In order to change our fitness level and get results, we need to put our bodies under stress. Heavier weights, more reps, more time under tension, actual pain caused by the workout. Choosing to push through the pain is where our body grows and gains strength. In life, the times when are under tension and we pull through are the times we learn, we grow, we evolve. That doesn't mean things are going to look the same once we push through but no matter what there will some type of growth that occurs.
I personally struggle with focus and organization. I truly cannot imagine not training daily. Today is a great example of me waking up feeling restless, anxious , and struggling to find my purpose for the day. I knew that I needed to move my body and push out of my comfort zone. I went for an outdoor run, which is not typical for me. Not a runner, but have decided to start adding into my routine during this time. I finished with a sense of accomplishment, confidence, felt unstoppable, and my mind was bursting with ideas. I couldn't wait to sit down and get them on to paper. The chemical reaction that takes place in your body during a workout is called "DOSE' a phrase I stole from my man Todd Durkin. A coach who lights me up weekly (follow his podcast) DOSE stands for dopamine, ocytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. You release these chemicals by simply moving your body.
Exercise is truly natures anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and happy pill rolled into one! Truly amazing and everyone that has the ability to move can do it! If you are reading this and are new to exercise or are having trouble getting back into it, here is my advice
Start small- master the art of creating a new habit by committing to exercise for 5 min 7 days in a row, then add 2 min each week
Pick an activity you enjoy- if you enjoy an activity you are more likely to look forward to it
Find a workout buddy or fitness community to surround yourself with positivity and like-minded individuals
Focus on showing up everyday, don't focus on what you did or how perfect it was, focus on the fact that you did it
never skip a workout, the days when you feel like you have no idea how you are going to get started or get through it are the days the are shaping you to build new habits, if we only worked out on the days we felt awesome , the days we trained would be few and far between
"Always do your best, Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are tired as opposed to well-rested. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret."
-the Four Agreements
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