I like exercise. I don’t love exercise.
Maybe I burnt myself out from when I didn’t have a heathy perspective on exercise or maybe it’s just not my favorite activity. Lets go with the second one.
I’m kind of an all or nothing person. Either I exercise 5-6 times a week or I don’t at all has been my attitude lately. Clearly, it’s time for a change.
Holidays are awesome, but they can also be hard. Especially when you are a schedule-crazed freak, don’t handle stress well, and people are always shoving food down your throat. I was talking to a mentor about it and she really helped me correct my all or nothing thinking. I don’t need or have to exercise 6 times a week. I don’t need and shouldn’t beat myself up about missing a workout.
However, to take care of my body, I do need to give it some exercise (even if hanging out and creating healthy food in the kitchen sounds much more fun). So we made a schedule (because I live by and LOVE them) for me this holiday season [and after].
3 days a week, 3 visits to the gym. That’s it. I don’t need to go more. At first all I wanted to say was, “but that’s not enough!” but deep down I knew that it was.
I think I have this image in my head that since I try to maintain a healthy lifestyle, I need to have toned calves, trimmed arms, and a 6-pack.
False. To maintain a healthy lifestyle I need a little exercise but most importantly I need to enjoy life and concentrate doing what I love. Remember how short this life is? So I’ve decided, no more crazy 6 workouts a week goal…no more beating myself up for missing a workout…no more thinking I need to be built like a runner…no more. I’ll never have crazy muscles, run 5 minute miles, or be the envy at the gym. Nope, I’ll be going to the gym 3 times a week (Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday) and enjoying my life.
Also, I am not just exercising for myself, I am doing it for my body. God gave me this body to take care of and if I want to be a healthy wife and mom someday, I need to take care of this body. Not overdoing it, just getting enough physical exercise to stay healthy.
So far, this plan has worked out (no pun intended perfectly. I no longer dread going to the gym! I have my little schedule and now I don’t feel like it is such a chore but just a part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, not a crazy obsessive lifestyle.
What is your take on weekly workouts?
I’m not saying that exercising 5 times a week is bad, it’s just not for everyone. However sometimes people get the idea they have to [exercise 5 times] in order to abide by the standards our culture has set for exercise. You need to figure out what works for you, make some adjustments along the way, and stick to it! Make it fun, not depressing and upsetting. Just do what you enjoy, a couple of times a weeks and you will be good.