We all know that exercising is an essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle. It’s not just about losing weight, it’s about improving heart health, decreasing the chances of developing serious diseases such as diabetes and hypertension, improving strength and bone density and so much more.
In high school I played a sport every season, it was my way of staying in shape without even really realizing it. Once I finished high school and all sports, I quickly realized that I was going to have to take exercising into my own hands. I signed myself up for a gym membership at CRUNCH with a friend and began taking group classes. They offered everything from spin to Boing with Kangoo (you’ll have to look that one up). The group classes were fun because for someone like me, used to exercising with a team…it wasn’t a drastic change. I enjoyed meeting my friend everyday for a new class and a new challenge.
Eventually I added running into my routine, especially on the days that I just couldn’t muster up the energy to get over to the gym. I have a love-hate relationship with running. I used to despise it, dreading the conditioning days in volleyball and soccer in which running would constitute for the bulk of practice and I would end wanting to projectile on my own coach. My junior year of high school I joined the track team for reasons I cannot even tell you.
When I started working out on my own post high school running was an easy go-to, one problem-I hated it. I kid you not I began to tell myself “i love running” attempting to trick my mind into believing it was true. I am not sure if my mind-manipulation technique actually worked or if i just gained stamina and discovered running wasn’t so bad, but eventually I began to enjoy my daily runs outside. With my favorite music, and beautiful views running became a ritualistic time I used to clear my head. If there is one thing I can stress about working out it is to find something you love. I promise there is SOMETHING out there, from a relaxing yoga session, to a high-intensity tabata interval…just getting active will make all the difference.