sometimes I treat myself with a smoothie after a succesful workout!
I'm sitting here feeling the aftermath of a great runner's high and having a great discussion with a PT whom is probably one of my favorite people in the world, she is like my workout mom who always tells me inspiring things about health, exercise and life in general. I don't have a PT because I'm pretty self motivated but because I've started the habit of going to the gym first thing in the morning, I've started to establish friendships with the people whom are working there. It's pretty empty and boring early in the morning so we talk to eachother and I do my workout with the few happy kindered spirits that are there with me. I just felt like I had to write this because I'm beyond grateful for getting a positive mental boost together with the physical exercise! Also I would encourage people, yes you! To speak with the people who work around you, with your barista, with the cashier - anyone that plays a part in your life. Even if it feels odd and not like a typical part of the Finnish culture it's definitely worth the try! Makes everyone around you, including yourself, very happy.
At first working out first thing in the morning felt like a struggle. It felt weird to move your body when you yourself were barely awake. But now after 5 months my body has gotten used to it and if I feel sleepy I tend to wake up the very minute I step onto the treadmill. Of course I know that people and their exercise habits are different but, if you are a morning person like myself I suggest that you develop somekind of exercise routine to do first thing in the morning. The biggest reason for me is that the most common hours to hit the gym which usually fall between sometime in the afternoon or evening, are often when we are at our busiest and also I'm the most sluggish and "brain dead" version of myself. When I feel that intense afternoon tiredness hit me then let me tell you, there is absolutely no way you can get me to do anything that requires stamina and vigor! I can imagine that a nightowl might feel similar if I would force them to get up at 5 am in the morning and tell them to start working on an essay after breakfast.
My favorite part of the body to work with is my legs. I looove the leg press - and leg extension machines! I could stay in each like 30 minutes straight, easily! Which is good because I'm 80% legs so almost every workout session needs to target them as they also tend to carry some extra fat. But then again, I should be better at training my abs. What is your favorite thing to do at the gym?
But don't get me wrong, I don't workout for looks, I workout for energy, to ease my stress and anxiety and in order to stay healthy. Also the gym is an excellent way for me to have a milder PMS. So women, if you feel like a monster before your period then try exercise, at least for me it makes a huge difference!
I get that it feels lame to constantly have people around you telling how to live etc. and I'm not here to tell you what you should or shouldn't do, I'm just here as an ordinary person perhaps talking to another ordinary person through my blog, sharing my experiences on my journey towards a healthier and happier life. It might be of great comfort to read "normal people thoughts", instead of always reading about someone who already is in the best shape of their lives or have somekind of fitness career going on. At least I used to feel that way and believe me when I tell you this; despite enjoying exercise I've never been one of those "fit" people who love going to the gym. In fact I thought running and walking would be the only forms of exercise that would work for me.
A big part of my exercise past has also been linked to feeling unsure of my body. I used to feel that if I would enter the gym with my unperfect but loveable body people would start to compare or fat shame me, thinking that because I look a certain way I couldn't be very physically active. Which would be a lie because I've always loved exercise. However, a part of me growing up has made me love my body no matter what, and it took me a pretty long time but I can finally say that I understand that my worthiness isn't measured in how my body looks. Hahaa this actually reminds me of being 19 and almost designing my shirt for the gym saying "Don't judge my body, I'm in the middle of the "getting in shape" process." I also remember a time when I actually looked the way society wishes us to look but feeling terrible mentally because I was eating too little and exercising too much. Oh wow! This post got more personal than I originally planned but the only thing it means is that I probably needed to get it out of my system.
Despite all the personal sidenotes, I still hope that you've got something out of this and I wish you a motivational Monday and a wonderful week!