I realized today, after a short but sweaty workout, that I might have actually enjoyed it.
That took me by surprise. What?!? I’m pretty sure I hate to exercise. I hate getting sweaty. I hate feeling like my limbs are made of spaghetti afterward.
Or maybe I don’t hate it so much now… Have I changed? Am I no longer an exercise hater?
Since entering adulthood, I have truly NOT enjoyed exercise-for-the-sake-of-exercise. It has alot to do with having kids and the pure exhaustion they brought into my life.
I was an active kid, living in the country. I spent so much time adventuring in the woods, riding my bike for miles, or swimming in the pond during summer. I often wondered what happened to that active girl.
It’s sad really. Moving my body became something I did only out of necessity. My highly driven introvert side would take over after long days with the kids and I would rest/hide out in my woman-cave while my hubby took them to the park. I hated being active but I felt miserable physically because I was not moving.
I also had some physical issues that made moving painful or difficult. I took care of those and thought it would magically cure my feelings about exercise. (Breast reduction, tonsillectomy, and sinus surgery all within a 2 year period) The surgeries WERE good things overall.
It has taken me years to learn to love moving. YEARS. Years of trying this workout and that workout for awhile only to fall out of my new routines as quickly as I started them. I just wasn’t loving them. I was fatigued. My hormones were a mess and doctors didn’t seem to want to figure it out so I started studying natural solutions. I became my own guinea pig and fixed a bunch all by myself. Thank God that He led me to study herbs, vitamins, minerals, nutrition etc. on my own.
Some of the workouts I tried but didn’t really have results from:
T-Tapp (I would still recommend this to most women. It just didn’t do it for me but I stuck with it for a few years off and on)
Treadmill and other random home equipments.
Exercise bands and balls.
You get the picture. There was probably nothing wrong with the workouts. It was ME.
But I didn’t give up, because I knew I HAD to find something I would love to do. Chalene Johnson calls it your “soul mate workout” and it was through her that I actually found one I loved – PiYo! (I am not affiliated with Beachbody, I just love the workouts)
PiYo turned on a light for me. It was SO challenging when I started, but I found a style of moving that made me feel good and strong, and included everything I wanted in a workout – cardio, strength, and flexibility.
I’m still not very good at it. I’ve had some random setbacks via shoulder injury but I was still motivated to move. I don’t know if I will ever be able to do a tricep pushup -my right arm needs some therapy, but I do the modifications as best I can.
That workout gave me hope.
After PiYo, my friend Kayla Howard introduced me to a new thing she found called Revelation Wellness. Oh my goodness. RevWell is a faith-based wellness workout platform and it rocks. I love that I can get good spiritual teaching WHILE I’m working out. The instructors are so passionate and gifted. There are all kinds of styles of workouts too! My favorite is the metabolic and the ones that have drumsticks.
The combo of PiYo and RevWell has had a profound effect on how I feel about exercise. I WANT to be a good steward of my body. I want to age gracefully and be able to be active all my life. Being able to move is awesome!
I have come a LONG way physically in the last year. My ability to move was very poor when I started PiYo, but it has improved. I even bought a new bike and rode with my family for the first time in 20 years!
I still have a long way to go, but now that I’m enjoying it I think the healing pace will pick up. The more I move, the less pain I have in my body (unless I do a brutal workout and get muscle soreness but that’s a different thing)
God has truly done a work in my attitude. I am thankful that He pushes me when I am stubborn.
I just want to encourage you to keep searching for that soul mate activity that will transform your life! If I can do it, I know you can!! And the results are so worth it!
June Update: I discovered a 15 minute high intensity workout called Metabolic Prime and I am getting GREAT results from it! The creator is a genius when it comes to hard-to-shed weight. Check it out.
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