Hi guys and happy Tuesday!! So excited for this post today, because my lovely friend and I Emily are starting a new little series. One that has got my heart exploding with excitement and happiness, and we are calling it take care of your temple Tuesday. The goal of these posts? To spread the message of how essential it is to take care of yourself. Your body is a temple. Honor it. Care for it. That does not mean forcing your body to move in ways that don’t feel good, eating food that you don’t necessarily enjoy, or shoving self-care and mental health on the back burner. Taking care of your body means providing an endless amount of love for yourself, fueling yourself with feel good food and food that makes your soul thrive, moving in a way that makes you smile, and fitting in that self-care time even in the busiest seasons of our lives.
Today, I am going to be jumping right into this post. And I’m actually going to be sharing some of my personal life with y’all and little wins- so let’s get started!
//Do what you WANT in the gym, not what you feel like you should be doing//
For quite some time, I had this idea implanted in my brain that the only exercise that counted was cardio. And I had to do cardio for X amount of minutes for X amount of days. And with recovery, I broke free of some of those strict rules. But to be honest with you all? I still felt like I had to do a certain amount of cardio during each of my workouts until this summer. I had to do at least 30 minutes every single workout. And you know what? I really didn’t like having that rule for myself. I stopped one day and told myself “Lyss, you don’t have to spend 30 minutes on that freaking elliptical or doing 30 minutes of cardio every workout. You just don’t.” And I think I knew that, but I would still spend that same amount of time doing cardio anyways. But it wasn’t until the final weeks of school and the beginning of the summer that I quit this rule I held so tightly upon myself. The minute I quit it, the minute I didn’t feel the need to hop on that cardio machine- that was one pretty empowering and freeing moment, one that I was very proud of myself for.
Now listen, there is nothing wrong with doing cardio for 30 minutes or more. Sometimes I do that. But there has just been a huge shift in my brain within the past few months. I don’t have to do cardio then abs. I don’t have to do cardio then focus on legs. I can do whatever the heck I want in that gym. And giving myself the power to truly listen to what I want to do is amazing. It has made me fall in love with the gym and working out even more.
We all know that moving our bodies is great for ourselves and well-being. But there are so many cool and fun ways to do it. Step away from what you feel like you should be doing, and move towards what you truly want to do. Do you actually want to be doing cardio all the time?? If you do, well power to ya! But I know that my true self gets bored doing cardio all the time, and as Emily and I were talking about yesterday, I know for a fact I am not some superwoman marathoner. I get tired after 2 miles! So give yourself freedom to move in a new and different way. Maybe turn on your favorite podcast and go for a long nature walk, truly soaking in God’s beautiful creations and all that podcast has to offer you. Try yoga. Try circuit workouts! These are so fun and will keep you engaged and certainly not bored. Try lifting! I LOVE lifting because it makes me feel so strong! Maybe do a fun outdoor workout with a friend or a try a new group fitness class. And another thing- one thing I really don’t think you should ever have to do: plan your workouts. I was victim to this behavior, and going into the gym and being able to be fully in tune with my body is a pretty wonderful feeling. Because the night before, you may be thinking “well I should do this and hit this muscle group, and I should get my heart rate up too.” But when you walk into that gym and you don’t actually want to do any of what you planned, your first emotion is probably dread for your upcoming workout. Because you actually don’t want to move your body in the way you planned you did; but you still do it anyways because your ego and pride gets in the way. You see, that takes away the joy of working out though. Those workouts where we are dreading what we believe we should do or what we had planned to do and don’t want to do it are the workouts that take away the happy experience that exercise has the power of bringing.
So I challenge each and every one of you to make sure your intention for your workout ahead is a good one. I challenge you to move in a way you truly want to. To have FUN working out, and to let yourself feel free in that gym/studio. For each and every one of us deserves that. We do not deserve to fall victims to those “should’s” in our brain- before, during, or even after a workout. Freeing ourselves of them is one incredible thing.
Corinthians 3:17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him. For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple.”
That’s it for this Tuesday’s post of the new series 🙂
Now tell me:
Have you struggled with feeling like you “should” do something in the gym?
What is your favorite way to move your body that truly makes you happy?
Have a wonderful day!
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