Walk, jog, run, jump, lift—is flying an option?

Oh my goodness! It took me so long to get out there and exercising regularly. I would drag myself on runs, force myself onto trails deep in the woods—not until I found my workout did anything actually start to happen.

Before, exercise was a painful chore. Finally I realized I love long powerwalks in urban settings, dancing around to power anthems, and jogging on the treadmill. Sit-ups, push-ups, leg lifts, and lifting dumbbells get me exited with challenging myself to up the number of reps I can do.

But running makes me want to die. Ballet-bar is aggressive and wonderful, but tiring. Pilates kind of freaks me out.

Not every workout is for every person. There’s so many options when it comes to getting out there. There’s yoga, cycling, running, parkour, cross-fit, water aerobics—seriously, there are way more options than I ever thought to consider, and probably more I’ve never even heard of.

The important thing is brushing yourself off and trying things out. You can get inspiration from fitness magazines, fitness videos, and online help guides (like this one here).

Three helpful tips I can give you are:

  1. Switch up your routines. Make different days for your cardio, legs, walks, swimming, etc. It’ll help keep things from getting stale.
  2. Find a community, friend, or group you can join to keep you accountable. It can be more fun and helpful to have someone sharing in your experience.
  3. Try beginner’s classes once in a while. You can look at your local gym, studio, or find a freelancing personal trainer.

Exercise should be a fulfilling experience, one that doesn’t make you hate every, single moment of it and are just praying for the minutes to run out. If one form of exercise is painful for you, try something else. Never beat yourself up, just keep on trying and making the effort.

I’m sure your exercise is out there, you just need to find it!

-Kortnee

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