How I Got Into Working Out

Anyone ever tell you how important exercising is? I’m sure like EVERYONE you’ve ever talked to. I know that in order to decrease stress and anxiety I need to work out, but actually working out causes me anxiety. All of a sudden I feel like I can’t breathe or my heart is going to give out. So actually making myself work out is in a way absolutely terrifying.  Irrational – I know, but welcome to anxiety…

So after trying and failing a thousand times, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit. This year my goal is to change my lifestyle and become more active. Here’s what I’m doing:

  1. Set goals.

    The only way you’ll get results is by setting a goal. Here’s my goal:

    Work out 4x per week. I keep it simple. Nothing elaborate.

  2. Ramp up to it.

    My first cardio exercise lasted a measly 8 minutes. And I was damn proud of myself…8 minutes is better than none. The next day I did a 25 minute work out. 👊🏻💪🏻

  3. Don’t overdo it.

    When I first tried working out, I said I was going to do hardcore cardio for 30 minutes. Do you think that happened? Hell no! I set the goal too high considering I hadn’t worked out in years.

  4. Be consistent.

    Even if you’re going out of town, try to get your super short exercis in. If you don’t continue to work out, then you’ll lose it when you get home. Trust me, I know this first-hand. I went to a work conference and didn’t work out at all. When I came home, my routine was shot to hell and trying to get back at it was difficult.

    5. Do something you enjoy.

    I HATE working out more than anything on this planet. I’ve hated it since I was a child, but always loved sports and anything active. I love tennis, golf, dance, tumbling, basketball, soccer, volleyball, hiking and so much more. Walking, running or actual exercise cardio is of no interest to me. It’s a total chore! No wonder I never did it, but now I’m doing The Fitness Marshall’s dance workouts. Each video is around 4 minutes. The hip hop dances are easy enough to pick up and his moves workout your entire body. I can’t wait to do some more videos this week!

     

    6. Change your lifestyle.

    On the weekends, I don’t work out. Instead, I make a point of being more active. This past weekend we took the dogs on a mile long walk and played some golf. No, it’s not heavy cardio or strength training, but the driving range definitely worked my arms. Recently, we joined the US White Water Center where we can rock climb, hike, bike, kayak and zip line. All I can say is it’s the little things that help change your life.

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    Paddle Boarding at the US National White Water Center with My Friend
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