Health

Exercise is Life

About four years ago I got serious with working out. It was difficult starting out. I’d make excuses – too tired, too hot, too much – but then it gradually turned into something I love to do now.

My job is stressful, and it can be overwhelming at times. I’m also a workaholic, often working past 7 or even 8pm on any given day if I feel like I can’t catch up. Sometimes I feel like this after a really long day at work…

Working out regularly has changed my life and my outlook. It took awhile to find something I loved. I’ve tried it all. Well, mostly all – step aerobics, yoga, Pilates, running. Then I found this sweet mix of light step and lots of strength training. Pair this with great music, and I’m gold.

Experimenting is part of finding what you love to do so you’re more inclined to stick with it. Strength training can be round to get into. The idea is to build on the weight as you go. I desperately wanted to gain some healthy weight and build muscle. At the time, I had zero upper body strength and couldn’t get deep in a squat to save my life. But, I pushed myself every day because I loved the challenge and the way it made me feel. Thank you, endorphins!

Working out also requires time, but it’s worth it. Make time to get healthy. Everyone should get some kind of physical exercise every day. I walk to work nearly every day (about 2.5 miles roundtrip), and I’m at the gym 3-4 times a week for about an hour. Once I’ve devoted myself to working out regularly, it became a habit and integral to my schedule. Now I feel empty if I’m not at the gym at least every other day.

I love seeing results, too. Over this past year, I’ve happily gained some weight, and built muscle and endurance. My form has improved, and I’ve finally found an outlet for the stress that builds at work. The gym is my safe haven – I leave everything outside the door and leave feeling like a completely different person.

Until Next Time,

Jen

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