What do you think of when you hear the word fitness or working out? Do you think of sweat, pain, a burden, etc? How does it make you feel? Maybe intimidated, a desire to be lazy, for some maybe it’s even motivated. What about diet? All of these words bring about different emotions. If you’re not a gym junkie, these words can bring about shame or intimidation. Why? Society has this weird influence on us and makes us think they must look a certain way, eat certain foods, and work out on a daily basis to be considered pretty or attractive. Well, society needs to WAKE UP, that’s definitely NOT the case. Each individual is unique, and each individual has their own body type. There are many influences that contribute to body types. Genetics, fast metabolisms, slow metabolisms, gender, and many other things. Some of these things are uncontrollable. No one should feel intimidated, or shameful, when it comes to working out and being healthy. Becoming ‘healthy’ is a process. Not only is it a process, but if you want to make a lifestyle out of being healthy it can be a slow, dreadful, and unpleasant task. What? I’m just being honest with you! Don’t stop eating that sugar or those carbs if you don’t want to, start small and work your way up. Don’t give up ALL sugars and carbs at once. It’s a process. Start out by cutting out soda, or maybe you have a habit of stopping at McDonalds every morning for breakfast, swap out the pancake platter for an egg white delight. You don’t have to change your habits all together, just make small improvements to make ‘healthy’ become a lifestyle. By implementing little changes here and there you will begin to see a difference, not only in your body but your mental health as well. If you’re feeling a little ‘extra’, a great motivational challenge is to write 5 positive things on an index card and tape it on your mirror and simply read them each morning while you’re getting ready for the day. I typically start my morning by brushing my teeth, if you start your morning doing the same, read those 5 body positive statements while doing a routine every-day action. If you don’t brush your teeth (slightly judging, but you do you) then pick a regular morning routine to read the statements in your head or out-loud. Now that you’re getting the hang of ‘healthy’ start stretching while you binge-watch your favorite Netflix show. Or, if you’re like me and don’t pay for the premium Hulu subscription, do some jumping jacks during the commercials! Today you even have the choice of watching Netflix, Hulu or listening to Pandora on your treadmill, elliptical or bike! Fitness doesn’t have to be intimidating, or scary, only if you make it that way and psych yourself out about it. Start slow, take a deep breath, and get those endorphins pumping! Work your way up to it, I mean… what’s the rush? You should be getting healthy for YOU, no one else. Summer is just around the corner, go outside, ride a bike, do those squats outside! Rainy? NO excuses! Remember those Hulu commercials? No? Okay, well, don’t brag if you didn’t even know Hulu has a cheap version with commercials. Want to go the extra mile? Pun was definitely intended. Set up your TV in front of your treadmill, or preferred piece of cardio equipment, and watch your series while you walk. Not that you asked, but my favorite cardio machine is the elliptical. Check those bad boys out at Busy Body in Houston TX. Anyways, be the best you you can be. Not because someone told you to lose weight or get ripped, but because why wouldn’t you want to be the best version of yourself? So, what are you waiting for? Start implementing those small daily changes to be the best YOU, for YOU!
Cool workouts/equipment to check out!
Elliptigo – Exercise outside with no impact!
Carris – Fitness Specialist @ Busy Body