I used to be religious about working out. I worked out 5 days a week, usually at a gym, and I rarely skipped a workout. Each month I tried a new "plan" so I could stay consistent and see progress. But let me be honest, nothing really ever stuck; I felt torn. I would bounce around from more body weight exercises to heavy lifting and then to extra cardio. I was kind of all over the place.
After having Parker, my own body perception changed tremendously. I stopped comparing myself to these other women and their thin/toned bodies and I started to focus more on just feeling good. When I move, what feels best? Which form of exercise makes me the happiest? Do I really need to be that disciplined with my workouts, or can I sometimes just workout twice a week? These were the thoughts I had to work through and over time, I've realized a lot.
For once (in a very long time), I had finally learned to relax about my body and start listening. My hips were ridiculously tight after giving birth, I had no core whatsoever, and I was (and still am) extremely inflexible. So, I decided to try a class (I usually hated classes). My plan was to try out this class and see how I liked it and then start to walk/jog more outside. The class was Barre3. I went to my first class with the mindset of already hating it (so positive of me, I know). But I truly, really disliked group classes. So, long story short, I ended up loving it. I felt strong, I felt focused, I felt energized and overall, I just felt good. I remember thinking, YES, this is what I want to feel out of a workout. Then the next I went for a jog outside. It wasn't even the best weather, but I did it anyway. I ended up walking almost halfway through, but I didn't even sweat it (literally). I just jammed out to my music, had a lot of chats with myself in my head (lol), and loved it. Again, I felt good.
I appreciate all of the tools we have out there. There are a plethora of program guides, workout studios, philosophies, etc; we really have no excuse! But if we could all just focus more on what felt good and felt right and to just MOVE in general every day (even if it is a walk with your dog or some good stretching), I think we would be doing quite well. Understanding that we are all unique- a hard workout might provide great results for one person, but could actually be doing more harm than good to someone else. Finding what feels best to you is key.
I always thought that I HAD to workout hard to get good results. And yes, depending on the results you want, you might have to! But to be honest, once I started listening to my body a bit more, I'm now in better shape than I was during those crazy workout days. I also eat a lot more too!
Sometimes, and this doesn't pertain to all of us, but sometimes some of us just need to slow down and do less, to accomplish more.
Lots of love,