Exercise is like Buckley’s

Today was a terrible, no good, very bad day. Just frustrating in every aspect. By the end of the day, all I wanted to do was skip Zumba, go home, open a bottle of wine, get a bag of chips and wallow in my own pathetic-ness.

But then, I re-thought things and knew that tomorrow morning, I would feel like shit when I woke up. I would likely have gut rot and feel lousy about skipping Zumba. And…as much as Chips and Wine would give me temporary relief, I knew Zumba would give me long-term relief.  So, as soon as I got home, I put on my workout gear, ate dinner and grumpily went to class.

Our Wednesday Zumba crew is a small one, but it’s an awesome one. The ladies that come out smile the whole time and work hard. They motivate me to push myself and to match my enthusiasm to theirs. They’re also always up for a challenge, so if I tell them to squat lower, they do. If I tell them to jump higher, they do. They’re just awesome.

My teaching partner for this class is also awesome. She works as a fitness instructor full time, so this Zumba class is like her 5th of the day, but she’s still smiling and still ready to go. It’s amazing.

It’s funny, I’ve started to think about my workouts a little like Buckley’s. The initial dose is yucky and I dread taking it, but the relief I feel, is like nothing else. As soon as I took the pressure off myself and just let each workout be whatever it’s going to be…it’s a game changer. My head is more clear, my body feels awesome, I’m getting stronger…I just feel better.

Don’t get me wrong…it’s not like I jump out of bed in the morning, excited to get my sweat on, but I also don’t dread it. There are some days I have to push myself harder to actually do it (like today) but in the back of my mind, I know that I’m going to do it because it just makes me feel more human.

Let’s see…it’s only taken me 28 some odd years to get here. Not bad, right?

Anyway, if you’re struggling getting into a workout routine, I suggest changing your view of the whole thing. Don’t think about it as a means to an end (i.e. weightloss) but more of how it can help you with other things in your life, long term. For me, it’s my mental health. For others, it’s being able to crawl around on the floor with their kids, or run an extra mile or improve their lung capacity.

Whatever it is, look at exercising in that light & see if it helps!

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