One thing that I have learnt over this last year of dedicating myself to fitness is how important it is to prioritise your body over anything else. And when I say your body; I don’t just mean your outer body (muscles etc.) I mean your mind as well. In this blog post you will read about things that I have learnt about myself and my body that will hopefully motivate you to change your priorities to get moving and get some endorphins.
If you are starting out exercising it is not going to be easy. Exercise is never meant to be easy, the time when you is moving your body is the times you can challenge your body and mind to do things that you never thought it could. Don’t ever be put off by the expectations that you have on yourself, because your mind does trick you into thinking that you are fitter and stronger than what you actually are. Personally, I started off this year dedicating my mornings to pilates and especially following a youtuber called Blogilates. I believe that I may have spoken about her before but basically she was the best/most motivating fun way for me to get into exercise. Her workouts were always hard and would always leave you feeling it the next day but she has a special way of getting you into a frame of mind where you won’t stop until the workout is finished! I highly recommend Blogilates and pilates in anyway shape or form because it isn’t strenuous on the body, it is more challenging so your risk of injury is minimal to none.
Always dedicate a time to working out, and base the rest of your day around that. It should be your number one priority to get some physical activity at least 5 times a day and go for a walk on the other days. Really if you don’t have time to dedicate to your body, mind and soul then you really need to fix your priorities. Your work will always be there but your health won’t. Dedicate yourself to it, love the process and don’t follow what others do, make your own path.
You should also always know that your interests in working out will grow and change as do you, they may even circle around and come back to what you started doing. For example, I used to be a competitive swimmer, I loved the challenge and being under water was my favourite thing it was something that I looked forward to everyday. Now, I personally hate the swimming the pool. I cannot stand it because I basically just grew out of it. I remember how much I loved it but some how that cannot be reincarnated for me and that’s okay. Maybe one day I will love it again I don’t know. So then I found something else that I enjoyed. Along with this has also been the cycle of going to the gym and at home workouts it really depends on who you are and never knock a workout before you try it.
Endorphins are addictive and they make you feel good!!!! Yes no more eating sugar or drinking coke or doing drugs, no stop that!! When ever I hear the word endorphins I instantly remember my favourite childhood movie Legally Blonde. “Exercise releases endorphins, Endorphins make you happy, Happy people just don’t kill their husbands”. And it is extremely true. It makes you feel so good afterwards and it clears your mind and once you are hooked which I will admit does take a while, you will see a whole new change in yourself that you will love and want to see forever. Endorphins are the best things that you can give your body in a time of stress, it really does help you calm down and be more in the moment (or out of it which ever makes you feel the best… Personally I think that being in the moment is over rated sometimes but more on that in another blog).
Remember that exercise is not just moving your body. It is a way of life and a state of mind. Don’t think of it as a chore, think of it as a reward to your body for working so hard in the day. Give your body that time to wind down and the assurance that you will have a good sleep at night. Also remember that diet comes under the category of exercise. Just always think to yourself that your body is a temple and only good things should go in and on this temple. So really find what your body does and doesn’t agree with when it comes to eating and always remember to stick to that because you don’t deserve to feel terrible so don’t allow yourself too.
I hope that this blog has given you some healthy food for thought about exercise and your body, along with motivating you to even go for a daily walk with the dog or the kids, just get moving more your body will thank you for it!
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