Happy Wednesday, Kansas City!
We are so excited to share today’s Work It Wednesdays post with you because, like many of you, we each struggle with finding the motivation to get to the gym (or out for a neighborhood walk, or downstairs to hop on the treadmill) on a regular basis. Connie, from our Mom Squad team, is sharing the ugly truth about fitness and heading to the gym with you this morning on the blog because, guess what?! You’re not alone. Take a look…
Work It Wednesdays: The Ugly Truth About Fitness
I go on and on about how much I love working out, how great I feel after I get a good sweat on, and how centered and calm I feel when I’m ready to face the day. But let’s be real. The gym, my fitness journey, working out, all of it is not always sunshine and rainbows. Some days are just plain hard. There are times when I feel defeated. Some mornings it’s the last thing I want to do. Now, while these days are few and far between for me now, they are definitely still there and should be addressed and talked about.
Sometimes I’m tired.
I get up between 5:00 and 5:30 every morning to get a workout in before my family wakes up and needs me to Mommy. And most mornings I wake up before the alarm even goes off. I am ready to get my day started and get my sweat on. And then there are those mornings every 3 weeks or so when I audibly groan when my alarm goes off. I hit snooze three times and it’s not enough because I am tired and don’t want to leave the warm comfort of my bed and my pillow. My head feels cloudy and I don’t want to get up.
Sometimes my body is tired.
I work out twice a day 5 days a week. Some days I work out three times in a day between my own workouts and teaching classes. And then I teach on a 6th day during the week. Which leaves Sunday as my rest day. And I love it. But I’m not 20 anymore. My 35 year old body desperately wants to be 20 again, but it’s just not. So sometimes my body is done.
Sometimes I just want to be lazy.
I feel fine physically, I got enough sleep the night before, but I just want to be lazy. Lay in bed all morning (and by all morning I mean until 7 or so when my kids get up) and then lounge around with them on the couch all day watching cartoons. I want to be a human slug.
Sometimes, I just need a change.
I get annoyed with someone or something at the gym and I just need a change. I need to not see that person or do that thing that is annoying me for just a bit. Just long enough to get over the irritation.
Sometimes the weather makes me want to curl up in a ball and stay under the blankets all day. I hate cold, so winter is especially hard for me, but I am also not a huge fan of rain. Dreary days seem to dampen my energy and often times my mood, which can make it hard to get motivated to get done what I need to do.
What’s the solution (and the point of this post), you ask? Well, the answer varies. Sometimes I give in to whatever excuse I have that day. If I am exhausted and need sleep, I take the day and I sleep in. I can always hit up the gym later in the day when I am feeling more rested.
If my body is really tired and telling me it needs a break, I listen then too. I can’t afford to injure myself, not to mention, I am a horrible patient and just basically loathe being sidelined. If it is just a lazy day, I try to make myself go anyway. Once I get there I always feel better and shake off the urge to be a slug. Or I can go home and slug it up after I’ve burned some calories at the gym. When I need a change, I find a new workout or try some new machines, or a new class.
Luckily I have a membership to multiple gyms just because I am on the staff, so I can move around if I need to. And the weather issue, that one is tough. We live in the Midwest, so winter and rain are inevitable. I try to prepare myself with fun winter workout gear, and remote start on my car for those cold winter mornings. And I remind myself that the rain doesn’t have to drain me. In fact, a couple of friends and I finished our outside run the other morning in the rain. It was fun.
Sometimes I just have to get out of my own head.
Working out is something I love and yet I still sometimes struggle to stay motivated. What I will not allow to happen again is my lack of motivation for a day or two to turn into a week or two and then into quitting. I take my rest days, I listen to my body, but I don’t quit.
I’ve quit too many times before and starting all over is the hardest part. I can’t go there again, so I keep going. And I remind myself that I don’t have to be perfect and get every workout in to be fit. I can give myself a little grace and a little space to get my head right on the days it doesn’t feel like what I want to do. I don’t ever want to let a day of feeling defeated completely throw me off track. So in your own routines, when you find yourself feeling like giving up, or being tired or sore or just plain over it, embrace that feeling, take that day, make whatever change you need to and then get back at it. You’ll be glad you did.
From iFamily to Yours,