The amount of times you sweat a week should not and does not define you, yet society says it does. Forget society. Listen to your body.
Exercising should be enjoyable. It should be something that makes us feel good, not guilty.
Every so often I pop on Facebook and see someone posting about how they “made it to the gym despite exhaustion” or someone who is “sweating for the wedding” or who “completed another day in this month’s challenge” and I can’t help but sigh.
(1 Hour lake walk on my recent trip to Seattle with my sweet friend Heather. We were out breathing in the fresh air and catching up on life which was >>>> than any sweaty workout I could have done by myself that day)
Yes, motivation is wonderful but as soon as that motivation becomes something that pushes us past exhaustion, sleep, friends and family, school work, or any other priority especially a “good body” we need to re-think what we are doing.
Are you working out for someone besides yourself? Are you working out to look a certain way or to fit a certain mold? ORR are you working out because you realllly love running or spinning or walking into a group fit class with people you know that excites you to catch up and gain some good energy for the day?
Take a second and ask yourself who you work out for and if you enjoy it. If the answer to those questions are someone besides yourself and “no” then it’s time to reevaluate.
You are more than the effort you put in at the gym.
(My personal favorite way to soak in the outdoors. Hiking! Mom and sis love it too- The uphill on this hike is KILLERRR)
The thing about the human body is that constant stress, lack of sleep, over exhaustion, and pressure leads to hormonal imbalances that can sometimes make your workout inefficient rather than beneficial. The best results you can obtain from a workout are walking into it rested, relaxed or happy to be there, and to chose a form of exercise you enjoy.
You do not need to attend some fancy workout studio to release stress and see results. Get out find some hills and walk them. Do sprint intervals with walking. Find an online yoga program (I LOVE ToneItUP) or some 10 minute HIIT workouts and see what works for you.
If you can only fit in 3 days of good workouts to make sure you get adequate sleep at night and to make sure you are well fed, well studied, and over all well rounded then in my opinion thats better than making it to the gym 7 days a week.
Do not compare your workout with someone else because you are not someone else.
Workout for YOU. Enjoy it. We need to do it but it should be FUN.