Learning to Love Working Out
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
I used to hate working out and, although I started many exercise programs and even maintained them for a while, I never really enjoyed it. I found that I would miss a day for some reason and that led to another and pretty soon I was back to doing nothing. That all changed about four years ago when I made up my mind to get serious about getting healthy and losing weight. I'm not an outdoor person and live at least 35 miles from the nearest gym, so I started an indoor walking program using exercise videos. I started with short sessions and increased them gradually. After a while, I craved variety so I added strength training using videos and YouTube workouts. Since then I joined SparkPeople and began to read about different techniques and explored even more types of workouts. Today I do a combination of cardio, strength, yoga, and Pilates each week and I meditate for about ten minutes every day.
I've discovered that I actually enjoy working out now and, if I have to miss a day or even more for whatever reason, I just pick up where I left off. I find that, for me, it's best to work out first thing in the morning. It's done for the day and I feel more energized throughout the day. I plan my exercises weekly so I have a balanced program that takes my daily schedule into account. I get my clothes and any necessary gear together the night before so I'm ready to go since I'm not a morning person. I use a variety of techniques as I mentioned before and a variety of instructors although Jessica Smith and Adriene Mischler are my two favorites by far. Both are on YouTube and Jessica also has DVDs. Finally, I use SparkPeople and social media connections to help me stay accountable and celebrate my successes.
I forgot to mention that I was successful in losing about 60 pounds the first year to reach my goal and have maintained it ever since although I struggle with my eating at times. Never give up!