Fitness & Exercise
What I Learned From Cheating At The Gym!
I don’t know about you, but I hate running! I love to workout, but running is just not my thing. Well, today I changed up my workout, instead of yoga, I did a boot camp class at my gym. I love combining weights and cardio, a one hour class and you’re all done. But little did I know this class involved running around the gym, up hills, and down the street. What did I sign up for? I said fine, I will challenge myself, but 5 minutes into the run, I saw the regulars, some older, some younger passing me up. That doesn’t feel good, as I huff and puff. So on the 3rd time around the gym. I cheated. I took a shortcut. I didn’t like being at the end. Was that bad? Yes, should I have pushed myself? Yes, but I did the first time around. The 3rd time I realized why I don’t like running- the impact, the shortness of breath and my D cups jiggling around (don’t be jealous ladies-they’re just not the same as they used to be!)
The instructor gave everyone the choice to opt out of the run for injuries etc, but I thought I’d give it a try and I did and now I’m choosing to not do it anymore.
I always think how cool it would be to run a marathon someday. I have friends who have been training and I think what a great lesson in dedication, drive and athletic ability. But why would I want to do that if I hate running? Because it’s a challenge?
So what was my lesson from the gym? No, not to cheat, but to challenge myself in ways that make me feel good. That I shouldn’t feel bad about not being a great runner. Yes, I probably could work on my cardio more, but there are many things that challenge me that I can work towards. I’m not saying that I won’t ever take up running or that it’s not great. If you love it go for it!
Now that I’m a mom with limited time to do the things that I really enjoy, I’m okay to say, you know that’s just not my thing and I will stick to what I am good at! I think that goes for not just working out, but other things in life. In my 20’s I may have done things because I had to, or because it was cool or my friends loved it. Now at 38, I am empowered to choose to do the things I want to do and be ok with that. What do you love to do? What challenges would you enjoy taking on?