I have an interesting post today. Well, some of you may find it interesting. I didn’t plan on writing this, but it’s 5:30 AM, and my coffee has me motivated. I wanted to leave something personal with you all for the weekend.
When you’re scrolling through Instagram, and you see all of these stories of people working out, what goes through your mind? I’ll tell you what goes through mine. “Wow, I need to get up and go to the gym.” “I should be running more.” “No wonder she has the perfect body.” or “Dang, I’m lazy.”
But guess what? I tried to keep up. I decided to do Hitt workouts, half marathons, and new trendy classes, but my body said “nope.”
Here is what my body did instead.
My body got stressed. My body produced high levels of cortisol. My body swelled. My body packed on pounds. My body didn’t fit any of my clothes. I was getting depressed. My body hated me, and I hated the way I was feeling on the inside. I was getting stressed out because I was revolving my entire day around a stupid workout while trying to convince myself that I actually enjoyed doing it. Sure, there were times where I really enjoyed it, but others I didn’t even want to go. Why was I giving up my ideal workout (walking, yoga, hiking, biking, tennis) for something that made me feel miserable? It was because I wanted to achieve a certain look that I saw while scrolling through every day on Instagram. I just wanted to keep up. Why am I/we always trying to “keep up?”
I learned pretty quick that not all bodies react the same. Some people can weight lift, run, and attain the body they want. Some people have a body that won’t react well to it. I’m one of those people. I LOVE to be active but in less-stressful ways. I enjoy light runs, long walks, playing hours of tennis, yoga, bike rides, and just being on my feet. That is what I enjoy, and what my body reacts to.
Some of you have already noticed that in the past month and a half, I slowed down on all of the crazy workouts and I replaced them with long walks and tennis. Well, guess what? I can now fit back into my clothes, I don’t have insane anxiety, I’m not stressed about fitting in workouts, and I’m not sore all the time. I still don’t weigh myself, but I can see the difference and certainly feel it. It’s not even about the physical difference, my entire mind and mental state are different. I’m actually happier for once.
I think the hardest part is saying “no.” I’d love to join a hardcore CrossFit or long run with friends, but I know it puts more stress on my body than good. Instead, have to opt for long walks or something less stressful. Running ten miles is no different than walking ten miles. Faster isn’t always better.
It’s so easy to let ourselves believe we should be doing what everyone else is doing. I’ve seen comments on my blog from girls who started going more HIIT workouts because I was doing more HIIT workouts. I really don’t want it to be that way! I want everyone to do what THEY want to do, and when they want to do it. You know your body better than anyone else, so before trying to do what someone else is doing, really think to yourself and make sure it’s going to make you happy and healthy.
Always do what you wanna do and be who you wanna be!
Questions for you!
- Do you ever feel guilty for not working out after browsing social media?
- Do you ever try to do what others are doing?
- What is your relationship with fitness?