Sunday, November 29, 2015

Find the Joy in Working Out

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekends with your families. I certainly enjoyed mine! My husband has been working a ton and Thanksgiving not only means a day together, but it is also the week his work starts to slow down each year. As grateful as I am for having such a hard working husband and for the opportunities this time of year provides for our family, I am also very grateful when things start to slow down and we get to see a whole lot more of him.
This year we decided to run a 10k together Thanksgiving morning. I was so excited because it is a rarity that we get to run together at all. When we were dating we loved to go on long runs together, on our honeymoon we went trail running 3 or 4 times, and when we get away together we always look forward to a run together. It is truly something we enjoy doing together.

Which brings me to what I originally wanted to write about today. Let me take a step back and share part of a conversation I had this morning with a couple of my cycle class members. I asked a couple ladies how the Thanksgiving cycle class was, I knew they would have participated because they do it every year. One of the ladies instantly began sharing how frustrated she was with the instructor's Thanksgiving meal guidance. Apparently the instructor told the class to avoid rolls, desserts, and a variety of other yummy foods. Instead everyone should fill up on turkey....white meat of course.
As the conversation continued I explained how much it turns me off when an instructor tells the class to work harder to burn off last nights treat, to go faster in order to earn that piece of Halloween candy, etc (we have all heard the list).
Why does this turn me off? Because we need to be working out to enjoy working out. Because we love the way we feel when we have pushed our bodies. Because it makes us happy!
Find the joy in working out. Find the smile it brings. Find the pride it brings. Don't find the punishment in it.
Ask yourself; why do I workout? The more positives you can find the more likely you are to stick with it.


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