Most of us want to be healthy and fit, but not very many of us actually want to exercise or eat healthy foods. I fall into that category, as well. I try to eat healthy most of the time, but I love family campfires with s’mores, snacks at the many birthday parties for my kids, nieces, and nephews, cookies and chips while camping and fishing, and the occasional ice cream or root beer float to stay cool on those hot summer days. It is a constant battle to choose what to eat and what to pass on.
I have done a lot of different workout programs ranging from body weight, cardio, dance, yoga, Pilates, and mixed martial arts. I can stick to a schedule to complete a workout, but my problem comes once I am finished. I don’t like doing the same workouts over and over again. I have tried rotating them, but I still don’t like the repetitiveness when I come back to one that I’ve done dozens of times before.
Throughout the many workouts I’ve tried, I have found that there are certain types of workouts that keep me more interested and motivated to exercise. Personally, I enjoy dance and mixed martial arts workouts because those are things that interest me aside from exercise. I was on the dance team in high school, and I did karate for almost 10 years.
I hate running. I did a Couch to 5k plan once and hated every workout. I have recently found that I love cycling. I used to love riding bike when I was younger and then hadn’t owned a bike or ridden one in probably 20 years. A couple months ago, I decided to borrow my mom’s bike, and I have loved every ride I’ve taken! I prefer to workout with a buddy, and my kids and husband have even accompanied me on some rides. I actually look forward to my exercise when I am cycling!
My husband decided to bless me with a new bike this week. So I can give my mom her old bike that is in need of a bit of TLC (I covered the seat with duct tape to keep the gel from sticking to my butt, and no amount of WD-40 was going to make the rear brakes work.). I am excited to take my new bike on its maiden voyage this morning!
Last fall, I joined a group for a healthy eating challenge and got an encouraging kick start to making healthier decisions in what I eat. Kristi, over at Joyful Fit Life, was a great help in getting me motivated to live healthier. Our husbands are very good friends, so her healthy lifestyle continues to motivate me to stay committed and do better. (I have to admit that she is more dedicated and consistent than I am, but I am a work in progress.)
My point in sharing all of this is that in order to consistently exercise, you need to find something you enjoy doing. During the winter months, I dance and fight. In the summer, I ride bike and kayak. I don’t feel like doing it every day even when it is something I enjoy, but that is just life. At least now I am looking forward to my exercise a majority of the time. It is also essential that you have people that you can turn to for encouragement when you are in a slump. I think that is really all you can ask for. And when it comes to eating healthy, just remember: Everything in moderation!
So I encourage you to find what activities you enjoy, and go DO IT!