Good morning all! So today I want to discuss exercise, specifically the first few weeks back. For those of you who flirt with an exercise routine but can’t make the long-term committment, you know that first week well.
So many people, books, and movies talk about how great they feel from exercising. It’s definitely exhilarating, but it can also be draining. I find that first couple weeks can oftentimes be physically distressing and mentally frustrating. Then, I wonder why I don’t feel all the amazing benefits everyone is talking about.
If you want to see a couple of guys really suffer through diet and exercise watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I really appreciated their honesty about the process and their determination to get through the hard parts. It’s inspirational!
Another inspiration for renewing my relationship with exercise was Erin’s post and your comments. Around the same time I also read a post from Oh She Glows about using a workout log. If you have time, check it out. She is encouraging and the workout log really helped me. You can read mine at the link below.
Basically, I felt proud and motivated during the first half of the week. In the second half, I felt exhausted and sore. In retrospect, I probably wasn’t eating enough calories or protein. So this week I’m focusing on increasing my healthy food intake. You may also notice my workouts are short, usually 25-30 minutes with an hour-long walk on Saturday. I believe it’s okay to take it easy on your body and your schedule when you’re starting a new exercise routine. Right now, 30 minutes is all I can make time (and energy) for in my life.
Just one more thing to keep in mind for the inexperienced exerciser: unlike in the movies and commercials, working out is not pretty. I’ve known several athletic people and always kind of thought, “Gross.” To be honest, this aspect of exercise used to really bother me. I didn’t want to get all sweaty, smelly and gross in front of other people. My face turns a deep, dark red when I run and I used to see myself in the mirror and be so embarrassed. Why? I blame TV 😉
Recently, I just stopped caring about what other people think of me at the gym. I sweat, I smell, I breathe heavy, get red-faced and even grunt sometimes. I am in my world and suddenly no one else exists there. So if you’re new to the exercise routine I urge you to let it all hang out at the gym, the sidewalk, or wherever you are. The important thing is you’re doing it!
What keeps you from a long-term relationship with exercise? Or if you have one, what motivates you?