When Exercise Isn't Self-Care

Mar 10, 2022

Stop doing exercise you hate!  No seriously.

If you're going to set the time aside to move and exercise, do yourself a favor and make it something you actually look forward to doing!  

I know this might seem obvious, but I can't tell you the number of women I talk to that run a lot... and hate it!

It seems crazy to me now, but there was a time I caught myself doing the same thing...

For a couple years I trained for triathlons.  I had done a couple sprint-distance tris and thought they were fun...

Then I decided to go big.

Half-iron triathlons were transformational for me on several levels...

... most importantly, the training did what I needed it to do: exercise regularly and eat better so I could feel better.

But here's the thing.

The last one I did wasn't as enjoyable...

...I didn't look forward to the workouts.  I didn't like the pounding in my legs and body on the runs.  My bum never quite got used to my bike seat.  And I hated jumping into cold water at 5:30am to swim laps.  (All things I seemed to have ignored before...)

I also noticed I was imbalanced in my muscles from doing so much long-distance cardio and my posture was off.

I was thin, but not toned or strong.  Not to mention, I lost all my curves. (It felt like I had to shop in the pre-teen section to find bras that fit.)

So, I switched my fitness focus.

It was a little more challenging than I thought it would be because I had created an identity that I was a triathlete.

Thankfully, I realized it wasn't serving me the same way it once did.

That's when I really started focusing in on weight training and yoga (I also love to hike, walk, ride my cruiser bike with the cushy seat... and my latest obsession when the weather is warm: pickleball!).

I experimented with some other fitness modalities to get there - dance, HIIT, and pilates just didn't do it for me.

I went to the gym with my oldest daughter this morning.  We train hard. 5 days a week.

I am strong, lean, and fit. But more importantly...

... I LOVE IT!

That's the bottom line.

Listen, if you're doing something physically to just go through the motions and check the 'exercise box' for the day, STOP!

There are literally thousands of ways to move your body and get the results you are looking for physically...

...But if you don't like what you're doing, you won't get the emotional and psychological benefits from taking that time for yourself either.

And! you're more likely to fall off the fitness wagon.

Instead, find something that feeds your soul at the same time it helps your heart, muscles and bones. :)

Here's to soul-filling fitness!

Janeen :)


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