Hi guys and happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got to have some fun. 🙂
Today I want to talk about working out. Something I talk about a lot, but something that so many people struggle with- finding that balance with working out and not letting it dictate your whole life.
“Workout because you love your body, not because you hate it.”
The other day during my workout I was thinking a lot about this. I was really focused on my mindset during the workout and what my intentions were.
My inner thoughts during that workout were a whole lot different than they would have been a few years ago. Here are some things I noticed:
- I was compassionate with myself. Instead of killing myself and forcing myself to do an extra rep, I stopped when I finished my reps and took a breather.
- I talked with a friend during a workout. I used to hate working out with people because if they talked to me, I felt like I was losing precious workout time. Now I love having someone there with me. It makes working out so much more fun.
- I didn’t feel like doing a lot of cardio that day, so I didn’t force myself to do a lot of cardio. Simple as that. I walked on an incline and did a 1 minute sprint and that was it.
- Just because I wasn’t dripping sweat, I still felt satisfied with my workout. And I didn’t make myself do more because I wasn’t sweating a lot.
- I focused on myself. I didn’t look over at the girl next to me on the treadmill and increase my speed to her speed. I did what was best for me and what was best for my body.
- I made time to stretch. Instead of doing abs until the minute I left the gym, I set aside time for stretching and time to wind down after my workout.
- I didn’t dread my workout before hand, and I wasn’t anxiously looking at the clock during it to see when it would be over. I enjoyed my time being there and I enjoyed what I was doing.
- I had fun. This is the biggest difference between my workouts now and my workouts before. I enjoy what I’m doing. I don’t kill myself in the gym. I push myself but I don’t force myself to do anything that doesn’t feel comfortable for my body. I do what feels best for me and focus on myself.
“Change your mindset. Workouts should be fun.”
Working out should be fun. But chances are if you’re forcing yourself to get on that treadmill and run for God knows how long or if you’re forcing yourself to burn a certain amount of calories, you’re going to dread what you’re doing and be absolutely miserable. I’ve been there, and when we workout in that way: it flat out sucks. The gym and working gain a whole lot more power than they should. All a workout should be is something that is good for our bodies and makes us feel good. It shouldn’t be a contest, it shouldn’t be something we dread or something we feel like we should do every single day, it shouldn’t be something we do to burn calories or something we feel like we need to do to be able to eat dinner: working out should be fun for us. Working out should be something we do because we love our bodies, not because we hate them or are trying to change them.
When you workout, really focus on your mindset. Focus on your intentions and focus on why you are actually there. Listen in to how your body feels, and listen in to your self-talk. Make sure it is positive and compassionate.
That’s it for today’s post guys!
Now tell me:
What is one thing you do to have a healthy relationship with exercise?
Do you like working out with people or alone?
Hope you all have a happy Monday and a good start to your week! <3 xoxo
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