The other day, I posted an “update” of sorts on Instagram, sharing a few thoughts on my mind regarding my fitness journey. It felt like a topic I could chat with you all about for days, so I decided to write this casual blog post doing just that!
If you haven’t seen the Instagram post, don’t worry, I’ll explain. Pretty much, it was a beautiful day out and I took a mid-afternoon walk to soak up some sunshine and unplug for a bit. I was listening to The Husband and Wife Podcast (shout out to you Claire & Stephen!) and their latest chat about their thoughts on fitness and health.
In summary, they shared how they used to be super focused and strict in fitness and nutrition, so much it became an obsession. Now, while working out routinely and eating well has become a part of their natural lifestyle, they don’t beat themselves up about not working out or eating “bad.” Because it’s transitioned to coming more naturally, they’ve allowed themselves to focus more on other things they deem as more of a priority in their lives at the moment.
It got me thinking about where I am in my fitness journey and how much I related to the two of them. As you all probably know by now, I ran my first marathon back in October. Up through race day, I was always one to have some sort of fitness goal to hit. I was never not working towards something.
After the race, I kinda had a “what now?” moment and with a love of going to spin classes, I decided becoming a spin instructor would be my next goal to strive towards. I saw that the Merritt in Canton was hiring spin instructors and I just randomly applied. Low and behold, I got the job! Yay!
Now before you all get excited, I still had to go through getting officially certified to start teaching. I was having troubles with the online platform they wanted me to get certified through, and with that delay, it got me thinking and second-guessing my decision. It felt like the universe was trying to tell me something.
Thinking about it more, I realized I had the sudden urge to become a spin instructor at a time where I, for the first time in a long time had no “goal” to work towards. It was also a time where I was much less busy at work with Spring (busy season) right around the corner.
You can probably understand where I’m getting with this. After a couple months of the debate, I decided to take my foot off the gas pedal and get through the busy season that is Spring in Real Estate before I consider dive into teaching spin regularly. I told myself I would just really focus on building strength since I lost so much during training.
Over the past few months, I’ve intuitively worked out, not following any guide, not on any sort of routine, just kind of squeezing in workouts I feel like doing, wherever works in my day to day schedule. Some days I’ll squeeze in an AM workout, most days I’ll do a mid-afternoon or evening workout. Because I don’t work a 9-5, I’ve put work first but really strive to squeeze in a workout 5 days a week or more if I have extra flexibility in my schedule that week.
As much as it totally goes against my original beliefs about fitness where you need to get into a routine and be working towards some sort of goal, I’ve felt so much happier in this “routine” than when I was following a strict schedule. I’m not stressed out if I don’t get a workout in because I am not “having” to do a certain workout each day of the week. On top of that, I’m only doing what I WANT, which makes me look forward to going to the gym.
I have to say… it’s been working! Not only have I built a tremendous amount of strength, I’ve been consistently working out, proving it’s sustainable! On top of it all, kicking ass being a Relator is my priority number 1 this year, so catering my fitness “routine” around my job has allowed me to turn my focus towards that first.
So… with this blog post being more personal and very different from other more informative posts… there are a few things I’ve learned through the past few months of my fitness journey that I want to share with you all! Things like…
- You don’t always have to be “working towards something.”
- It’s okay to take your foot off the gas if there’s something else in your life you want to focus more on.
- While fitness routines set you up for success, sometimes it’s best to just do what works for you.
- You’ll be more successful if you do workouts that you WANT to do.
- If you stay active and eat relatively healthy, you can easily maintain your current physique.
- Life is not all about having a 6-pack or buns of steel.
I hope you’ve found these realizations helpful! No matter where you are in your fitness journey, always remember the importance of maintaining your happiness and sanity! If you agree or have some thoughts of your own, be sure to share them in the comments section below!