I’ve been talking a lot about diet, which is very important, but physical exercise is also a necessity. No matter what it is, you must find a way to get moving. Whether it’s taking afternoon walks, going for a swim, yoga or marathon training, you must find a passion that keeps you moving. Just like with diet you need to fall in love with your exercise routine. If you do not love it, you will not stick with it! So, find something you enjoy, even if you don’t always enjoy it (we’ve all been there) but something that makes you feel alive and you are always glad you did it.
I started running when I was in college on a treadmill, and occasionally outside. What is funny is that I always felt like the treadmill was a chore I had to get done, while my outdoor runs always felt like a fun activity and not a “workout”. It’s odd that it took me so long to realize I can run outdoors to workout and always enjoy my time running! Once I broke away from my treadmill routine I realized I could run much farther and longer than I ever thought possible. Once I joined a running/training group and started on my journey to my first half marathon I was completely hooked. The training is often tough, and I admit I’m not always 100% excited about every run, but the good times and the good runs always make it all worthwhile. I completed my first marathon exactly one year after running my first race (Austin Half Marathon in 2014 and Austin Full in 2015). I am now a dedicated runner and looking forward to training for my second full marathon! But what really motivates me is passion and love of what my body can do. It’s hard to believe that in Middle School I couldn’t run a mile! I’ve come a LONG way, and I believe if I can do it anyone can!
Maybe running isn’t your thing. I get it, it’s not for everyone. But there are so many awesome ways to get moving! I started practicing Yoga (to help with my running), and it has been so much fun learning something new! There are many different types of Yoga, and I enjoy Vinyasa the most. I have also attempted swimming and kickboxing. Once you find something that resonates with you it feels so amazing to get up and start moving. I remember when it first hit me in college that I should start exercising more. I’d sit and watch TV for one or two hours a night. I thought to myself, why not use thirty of these minutes watching TV while I walk/run on a treadmill? And that’s what I did. Now I am far beyond those days, but it was something to get me motivated to move. There are so many options out there, just do your internet research and start seeing what moves you! =)