Okay so this is no secret, I’ve always strongly disliked working out, the thought of working out makes me cringe, and I find it way too easy to come up with a million excuses as to why I don’t have time, energy, etc. I’ve come to realize, I’m just not naturally inclined to want to go on a run, or start doing push-ups.
For 2019 I wrote down some goals, and becoming more active at my gym was def one of them. I mean seriously, why am I spending this money and not going?! I was doing yoga a couple times during the week over the summer, and completely fell off once the school year started. So when January rolled around, I knew I needed to make a change. One major influence for my change was the Apple Watch. My boyfriend, Rob, came in strong with this Christmas present, it’s been such a great motivation for me to get my b-u-t-t in the gym and close my rings as often as possible.
I’m a member of Sport & Health, which is a local gym chain through the D.C. area. There are tons of great gyms in D.C., but one major factor in choosing Sport & Health was the 5:30am cycling class. One of my major excuses for not working out has always been, I’m too tired after work. Which is totally true, and was the perfect excuse to do nothing. When I learned Sport & Health had a 5:30am cycle class, I realized time might not be such a great excuse any more. Also, side note, I’m 100% a class person- I know it’s not for everyone, but it is for me!
Getting up at 5am was a challenge at first, but honestly, it’s gotten so much easier to get up & go now that I’m in a routine. I try my best to go Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and then do yoga on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Weekends are weird because my schedule is always different, so I honestly just don’t work out on the weekends, except maybe a yoga class every once in a while on Sunday.
So, what’s the point of me sharing this info with you? Well, the little changes I’ve noticed in my body and mind since really committing to working out regularly, has been awesome. I’m also usually a huge nap person, and I’ve realized I don’t feel so blah and needing a nap once coming home from work anymore. I also attribute this to me actually enjoying teaching again, but I also think raising my activity level as something to do with it!
Certain parts of how I feel about working out hasn’t changed- I really dread the first few minutes of cycling class until I get into it. The instructor & music is great, it’s just an aspect of myself I’m still working on. I know I should be working out on both Saturday and Sunday too, and I know I’ll get to that understanding eventually. I sometimes branch out and go on the elliptical on my own, but I still don’t really enjoy doing that, and can’t wait until I reach 30 minutes to get off. As I continue to make working out a priority, I know these things will slowly change for the better.
The best part about this whole journey is realizing how much better I feel each and every day. My lower back pain, which played a huge role in me completely stopping any sort of work outs & activity, has subsided substantially. Sometimes it comes back and bothers me, so when it does I try to just focus on yoga poses that will help to relieve the pain. & eve though waking up early is at times annoying af, I’m trying really hard to stick to my schedule.
& let’s be real, I totally have my off days where I just don’t feel like doing anything…at all…but I’m noticing they’re becoming fewer and fewer because I just feel so much better each day I decide to go to the gym! So if you’re feeling like you need to make some changes, you totally can, & it’s not as difficult or impossible as it seems. I look forward to updating my progress with y’all! & reach out and share any motivational tips you have on Twitter, Insta, or down below!
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