Have you learned to love exercise?
Monday, July 16, 2012
Good question asked on the 60 days challenge team I'm on. I think more people can benefit from my response, so here it is :-)
Exercise took time. Until I made the commitment to do it every day - along with some life changes I had to get a personal trainer, very expensive, and having already paid 6 months, I couldn't quit part way through.
I jumped in with CrossFit (check online, any "workout of the day" for any franchise - its often called "extreme"). The first week, I hurt so bad I felt like moving out of bed to go to the bathroom, hurt. But, after the first month, my body's morphology began to shift and it didn't hurt anymore. People noticed I look different. My clothes sat different, though I hadn't lost weight. I literally looked 10 lbs lighter!
After 2 months, I was hooked.
Push yourself with speed, time, weight... everything. Every day, aim to be better than the day before - and don't forget to keep track, its motivational to you. Also, find or join people (not just one) who workout with commitment. They have to be around your level of fitness, and then try to beat them with whatever you guys do that day (and every day). It/ they will help push you beyond your limits and soon, you'll feel accomplishment when you see yourself improve (I get a kick out of it when this girly - me - beat guys with weights or endurance - because I definitely don't look like I can). Once you start seeing the effects, you'll want more and soon your body crave it even if you don't.
Worse workout for me at the moment, is one where I'm doing the same thing. I try to do something different everyday (and not on a scheduled rotation either). It both keeps my body and metabolism guessing, and it also keeps you interested. When you get bored, that's when you should push harder.
Now, when I skip a day, I feel down and lousy. I have to force myself not to workout on weekends (often unsuccessfully), because I have to watch out not to over-train. My body is addicted and when I don't work out, I don't know what to do with the energy - its like a relief when I hit the gym.