Friday, January 25, 2013
Have you ever felt like you were just meant to do something? The more I run, the more I feel like it's the perfect exercise for me.
When I started running in Oklahoma, I was running with a group formed by Red Coyote (a running store with lots of long time runners and running instructors). And I was told several times by different people that I had very good form for a first time runner. Now, as I begin the C25K program all over again and start running at altitude, I am reminded of how much I absolutely LOVE running.
Those first few steps out the door are ALWAYS a challenge... and I think they always will be. But once I get started, I feel absolutely amazing! Even when I get short of breath or I start to feel the challenge of the run, I still feel really good. And the time seems to fly by... last night, it did NOT feel like half an hour once I was done. The sense of accomplishment I feel when I complete a run is also incredible.
It's so important to find the type of exercise that you love. Since I love running so much, it just doesn't make any sense for me to waste a lot of money on an expensive gym membership when all I need is a clear street or sidewalk to run on! But for those out there who are absolutely addicted to, say, Zumba, a membership at a gym that offers those classes is probably a must!
If you are just starting out in your journey, don't join a gym that requires a long contract... Instead, try to find somewhere that will let you try lots of different things without a long term commitment. Then, see what works for you, what you end up loving. If you end up absolutely addicted to spin classes, then find the best place for those. If swimming is your thing, then look for the best pool. And so on...
The healthy lifestyle journey is NOT a one-size-fits-all kind of thing! We all have to find what's right for our bodies, what makes us feel best. I'm glad that I found what I love!