One of the biggest reasons I am into fitness and nutrition is simply because it makes me feel good. I was never one of athletic kids growing up; in fact, I was always last at almost everything. I couldn’t do a single pull-up, I barely finished the one-mile run, and I dreaded the one minute sit up marathon. I would have never imagined being labeled a runner or fitness junkie. But alas, I have discovered why working out and staying fit is all the rage and working out has become like a drug that I need consistently.
My first venture into organized fitness was a 90-minute hot yoga class. I assumed that yoga is calming and relaxing and would be a great way for me to get my feet wet. I got my feet drenched…with sweat my first day. Hot yoga was the hardest thing I had ever done, and I really thought I would die. I had to take several breaks and lay down so I wouldn’t pass out. I felt like a real fitness failure. Since I had pre-paid for ten classes, I decided I would continue to go to the classes even if it killed me. By the fourth class, I was feeling okay and able to get through the 90-minutes without laying down, even though I still couldn’t do all the yoga moves.
My yoga escapades led me to join a gym and eventually I started walking on the treadmill. Once I became comfortable and realized that I wasn’t going to fly off the treadmill I started jogging. I would only jog for 30 seconds and then walk until my heart rate recovered. I did that until I could jog for 45 seconds and I kept pushing until I ran an entire mile without walking. My fitness adventure has blossomed from there.
I feel great after I work out or go for a run and that feeling has kept me motivated excited about working out. I have dabbled in yoga, running, cross fit, spinning and will try just about any workout at least once. I have found that running is the easiest and weight training produces the best results. I am constantly learning and changing my workouts.
Photo credit: Melody Campbell