Friday, March 25, 2016

Why I Workout

Skipping Favorite Pin Friday today. Honestly, I haven’t seen much on Pinterest lately that grabs my attention. Today I want to talk about the gym. If you follow me on snapchat (@r8d6g) then you know I go almost every week day. I try to make Friday a rest day, but that is not always the case. Of course there are a ton of benefits to working out like feeling great, sleeping better, increasing strength and endurance, being healthy, stress relief, etc. I go for all those reasons and more.

The gym has become habit. If I skip a day everything feels off. Do I cheat on eating healthy and slack off at the gym? Absolutely, but I’m making a lifestyle change. At 25 I realized my super speedy metabolism was slowing down and in order to stay thin I needed to change. Now it is about challenging myself; heavier weights, longer distances, different types of fitness classes

People ask how I can possibly enjoy working out. Kind of like how I question runners how they enjoy running (I will never understand that one :P). I’ll tell you, it wasn’t fun at first. Getting out of bed, dragging myself to the gym…that was hard, but the minute I was there I thanked myself for it. If you are new to working out don’t expect to run 5 miles in your first week. Continue to go and push yourself. The only person giving up when things get hard is you. Challenge yourself to 10 more minutes of cardio, 5 more reps, extra push ups/crunches/squats. You will thank yourself later I promise.

Go Early

Get up and get moving. Why waste time laying around? Knock out a great workout first thing in the morning. Make it part of your daily routine. Time at the gym is me time, clearing my head and destressing. 

Fitness isn’t a “kinda sorta” thing. If you want to look and feel good you have to be dedicated. This “I’ll go next week” or “dessert won’t kill me” does not keep you focused. Again, I am not perfect (and we all know my love for dessert), but I try to make better choices when it comes to food. On the days I’m not feeling the gym I still go. Might not push myself as hard, but at least I am there.

Make it a Lifestyle Change

Read these words of advice again…I’ll wait here while you process that for a moment…Got it now? A diet is only temporary! Lost 30 pounds on a diet? That’s awesome! Stop the diet and what happens? Oh it came back? Hmmm because it wasn’t a lifestyle change.

Do it, you’ll be proud of yourself. Until next post…xoxo Becca

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