YOU DON'T HAVE TO WORKOUT
Updated: Oct 28, 2020
WORKING OUT IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A CHORE
I feel like these are fighting words for some reason. I guess it takes me back to when I got grounded and my parents would say "*Literally any common teenage activity* is a privilege, not a given." Well, damn it all, turns out they were right about more than going to the drive-in after the football game with friends.
Working out is something we GET to do, not something we HAVE to do. Let me tell you about my week thus far. Monday I was up at 5am, ran around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to make an appointment only to realize I stood someone up in my hurry! Not only that, the appointment I was in such a hurry to make, didn't even show (man, karma worked SO fast that day)! I didn't get home until 10pm that night meaning I wasn't in bed until 11pm. Tuesday I got up at 4:30am and in my sleep-deprived state, I thought my laptop might be thirsty so I put my opened water bottle in my backpack, drove 30min to the gym, only to discover it had been sitting in water the whole time (if you follow me on instagram, you got to see the whole debacle). That night I thought to myself "Alright, get your ass in bed early so you can get some sleep." Boy, was I wrong. My dog woke me up Wednesday morning at 3am and I couldn't go back to sleep before my first personal training session of the day at 5:30am. So why am I telling you all this? Because somewhere between pulling my dripping wet laptop out of my bag and staring myself down through bloodshot eyes at the witching hour, I thought "Man, I have no idea how I'm going to muster the energy to workout." That's when it hit me. I was being ungrateful (if you're not a big reader, you can listen to me read this blog to you here!).
LIFE SOMETIMES GETS IN THE WAY. SO WHAT?
...what an amazing activity exercise is! It's our time of self exploration. It's our celebration of what our body can do, not a punishment for what we ate.
We get so caught up in what we're doing that it transforms from being ABLE to do these things and HAVING to do them. Like the title of this post suggests, we don't HAVE to workout. You GET to. We can't let the constant piling of chores, responsibilities, and appointments take away what an amazing activity exercise is! It's our time of self exploration. It's our celebration of what our body can do, not a punishment for what we eat. We can run, jump, push, pull, sprint, lift, carry...and the best part is we can grow to become better at all those things.
ATTACH WORKING OUT TO YOUR MORALS AND IT BECOMES SECOND NATURE to EXERCISE
I think it's safe to say being constantly grateful is a moral we can all get behind. When we set out into the world with this at the forefront of our minds and frame exercise as something to be grateful for, working out suddenly becomes much easier to do! Not to mention, it becomes much more enjoyable.
This new frame of mind won't come easy and it definitely doesn't stay easily. So whether or not this is our first time hearing this, consider this your reminder! Be grateful for what you have. Celebrate what your body can do. Be thankful for your ability to grow.
I hope you found this read enjoyable and as always, I will see you on the next one!