Gone are the days where my alarm would ring at 6 A.M. (or earlier) and I’d hop out of bed and get in a long, sweaty workout before my full day of school, work, etc. My motto used to be “just do it**” until I realized what I was “just doing” really wasn’t doing me a whole lot of good in the long run.
Did you notice those little stars at the end of the “just do it”? Well, that’s because “just do it” had a hidden addendum attached.**just do it OR you’ll feel guilty and lazy and maybe gain weight
That is how my exercise addiction started. With 6 A.M. wake up calls. So it should come as no shock that I wasn’t keen to return to them after choosing recovery and finding my balance. I didn’t want the reminder of the pressure I had felt to burn calories, regardless of whether I wanted to or not.
Why didn’t 6 A.M. wake up calls for the gym work for me? Because waking up for them had a stigma attached (just like those little stars). And it said: “You’re going to go do THIS exact workout whether you like it or not.” And boy did I not like feeling that way.
The truth is, the only way to rediscover a motivation to work out regularly is to enjoy the way you’re doing it. Whether you have a past of eating disorder struggle / exercise addiction or not, if your motivation to workout is fueled solely by your desire to lose weight or even gain muscle, chances are you won’t maintain it for very long. And even if you do by some chance manage to maintain it, it’s not making you happy. So what’s the point?
~ How to Fall in Love with Working Out Again~
Exercise Intuitively…what does that mean?
Much like eating intuitively, exercising intuitively is all about taking cues from your body, and letting it tell you what it needs versus you telling it how to look and feel etc. So if you’re not a morning person, carve out 30-60 minutes in the afternoon or evening when you have the most energy. Play around with different times and take note of how you felt before the exercise and afterwards to find your happy medium.
If you had a cardio workout planned for the day but feel like lifting weights, go right ahead! I mean it, ditch the workout plans. Ditch the hours detailing each gym day. Wake up, go grind, and do what comes naturally. I promise it will even out. You may not feel like running for a week, so don’t. This system may seem wishy-washy, but I promise you it’s how you’re going to learn to love moving your beautiful body again. And trust me, it evens out. Balance is what we’re going for. Balance and sustainability and remember that last thing:
Happiness! Exercising for happiness!
Have you ever gone through a workout slump? How did you get out of it?
What is your favorite way to move your beautiful body?
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