Today was my first day to the gym in 20 days! Yes, I keep count. Working out is one of my loves in life. You won’t understand unless you make yourself do it, and then you won’t think I’m crazy anymore…you will realize it was just what you needed and how did you live without it.
I wasn’t slacking off, skipping my workout routines. We went on a family vacation to the Outer Banks for two weeks and then my gym was closed for “beautification week.” Although I tried to walk a few miles on the beach everyday, it just doesn’t feel the same as an intense sweat fest at the gym. And p.s., I can’t run on the beach. For those people that can, I find them amazing. But I am terrible at it. I’m not graceful and it feels as though I am a 2000 pound elephant trying to find my footing and I just hate it. So today was my way of easing back into things with an hour of cardio and I am so excited for body pump tomorrow, it’s a little ridicilous. I know I have a problem when I am excited to do 500 squats. Cardio made me sweat today, but I am so craving that burn that only body pump can give me! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, nothing gives you a body transformation like squats. Cardio will keep you thin but you don’t get a great booty and toned legs like you do when you squat.
I wish that love of fitness was contagious. People would feel so much better if they just exercised. We need endorphins. Maybe other people don’t need them as much as I do, but all I know is that when I get a great workout in, I feel energized. I feel happy. I feel better about myself and in turn, take better care of myself. I over-ate on vacation and consumed lots of things that I generally don’t eat. I found myself feeling sluggish and actually craving those bad foods. It’s easy to see how you can get in a rut and just continue those bad habits, turning habits into a lifestyle.
Fall is a time of change. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. Generally, we don’t get in better shape, thanks to apple cider donuts, pies, candies, feasts, and so on. Sometimes, finding your way to a healthy lifestyle is like a catch 22. You eat healthy (or healthier, but probably still not as you should eat) and don’t exercise, or you exercise and still make poor nutritional decisions. Weight doesn’t seem to move. My challenge to you is this: change. If what you are doing isn’t working, change it. Don’t expect a different outcome with the same methods. That’s the definition of insanity, my friends.
So where do you start? Eating healthy or exercising? It’s funny, but it always seems people always seem to start with one or the other. Of course, both are ideal. But if I were to give you advice on where to begin, I’d say exercise. Get at least 30 minutes of cardio daily and gradually increase it, or incorporate alternative forms of exercise such as weight lifting, yoga, or pilates. I feel that if you can put time in to invest in your body, you will consequently think more about what you consume. After all, time is precious and why would you want to cancel out your workout with a starchy, nutritionally devoid food?
Throughout my blog this week, my hope is to help you relearn what you think you know. More importantly, to execute what you know so that you can have a better quality of life. There’s no time like the present to make a change and what better time of year than when it’s happening all around you? In the next three days, I am going to offer my three greatest tips to getting in shape, but more importantly improving your quality of life, physically. You only have one body. It’s time to start taking care of it.