My “Why”

Working out has been a consistent part of my life for the last 10+ years or so. I played volleyball in middle and high school but never got into cross training. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that I joined a boot camp with some friends that I discovered my passion for all things fitness. I’m not an expert but just someone who has found that working out is my “me” time. Below are five beliefs, or my “why”, I have developed over the years.

I believe women are capable of being strong and not just skinny.

I love lifting weights, heavy (for me) weights. Oftentimes there is a misconception of women and weights. I’ve heard from people “aren’t you afraid of getting too bulky”. Well bulky to one person may not be bulky to another person. I personally like the way defined muscles look and that is always my ultimate fitness goal. I lived by myself for many years. There wasn’t anyone I could ask to help me open a jar. Now that I’m married there is nothing is more exciting to me than being able to open that pickle jar without my husband’s help! Call me stubborn, but someone doubts my physical ability that drives me to prove them wrong. I couldn’t do really physical things if I only ran on a treadmill. I’m always amazed at my body’s capability. I not only like being strong, I like the way it looks too.

I believe a workout routine should be a combination of different activities.

Getting stuck in a rut is like a fitness death. Eventually you’ll get bored, plateau, and give up. It has happened to me before. Usually, I’m a person who works out by myself, earbuds in, I’ve got a plan, and I’m in and out of the gym. I’m not there to socialize…it’s my “me” time. However, usually at the beginning of the new year I try something new. I join a class at my gym, or I incorporate a yoga routine, or I use a fitness app with predetermined workouts. This allows me to remain fresh and not burnt out on the same thing over and over. Are you bored of your current workout routine? I challenge you to find something new instead of taking a break because we all know that break can turn into a hiatus.

I believe working out can solve a lot of problems.

It may not pay the bills or solve that argument with my husband, but I find that it allows me to think clearly about a problem or problems at hand. When I’m working out that is the only thing I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about the long to-do list of the day. If a problem creeps into my mind while working out, I focus on whatever muscle or activity I’m doing that the moment. It’s easier said than done on some days. I treat working out as “me” time. I also find that working out first thing in the morning is the best time for me. I’m able to remain clear-headed and it just feels damn good to get that heart rate up. It’s a natural energy boost that sustains a longer than a cup (or three) of coffee.

I believe abs are made in the kitchen.

While I know this, this is the hardest belief for me to follow consistently. My husband and I really enjoy food….like really really enjoy it. Neither one of us has a lot of will power when it comes to moderation or junk food. We have discovered that we can not have junk food in the house. We have to meal plan for the week otherwise the dreaded “what do you want for dinner” discussion leads to pizza, Chinese, or anything else under the sun. While it may be satisfying at the moment, I usually wake up regretful and frustrated with my lack of will power. It is challenging to get both of us on the same mindset of eating “healthy” but when we are able to do it, results happen! Sometimes we swing too far to the “healthy” side though which leads me to my last belief…

I believe everything is about balance.

It’s all about balance, everything in life. Work 70 hours a week, you’ll get burnt out. Restrict your diet to only chicken, broccoli, protein, and almonds, you’ll get burnt out. Think that you should only be doing fasted cardio every morning to lose weight, and you’ll get burnt out. The burning out leads us away from our goals. Finding a balance to all things important to you is a life long dance. It’s always evolving. I had a pretty good balance between working out and healthy eating and then I got pregnant. Then I had the baby and had to figure it out all over again. Going back to work will bring another set of adjustments, but finding the balance is always possible. It’s not just possible, it’s absolutely necessary.

There you have it. My fitness beliefs. Now that I think about it, it’s funny that I actually have thought about these. These beliefs are my “why”; why I have woken up at 4:30 in the morning in order to fit in my workout before work. Without a “why” it’s really easy to stay in bed (believe me it’s happened). If fitness has been a part of your life what is your “why”? If you’re someone who wants to make fitness a bigger part of your life, what is your “why”? I would love to hear about your “why” in the comments below!