Not the Same You
When I was in high school, morning gym class was to be avoided at all costs. It made me feel like I was getting ready for my day twice, and I wasn’t awake enough for anything resembling physical activity. After college, I joined a gym for a short time, and found I didn’t care for that either. Besides the all-too-apparent challenges, I felt like going to the gym was an event in itself, and took up more of my day than I liked.
It is at that point that I, like many of us stopped working out, and didn’t take it back up again for quite a few years. It’s not that we can’t work out, but we assume that we, as well as our circumstances, will never change.
While I’m still not a morning person, I work out at the beginning of my day. There are just too many possibilities of things capturing my attention and derailing my workout plans later on, so mornings it is. Granted, the absence of bad gym uniforms and communal showers makes this a bit more enticing, but getting moving in the morning is still tough at times. I still don’t enjoy going to the gym, so I don’t. Instead, I walk at home, use my rebounder, and take advantage of the many workouts offered by BlindAlive. However, I had about a ten to fifteen-year period when I didn’t do much of anything.
I was talking to a friend the other day who is trying to break out of a long slump of inactivity, and I firmly believe there are two simple ways to accomplish this. The first is to stop judging yourself for why you didn’t work out, and to approach getting started with a sense of curiosity. Second, give yourself credit for the ability to change and for added maturity.
Approaching working out with curiosity for me meant that I explored the options I had, and found things I could do consistently. When I decided that morning was the best time for me to be physically active, I realized that the high schooler who rebelled over all things morning-related is not the adult I am now.
If there are obstacles standing in your way, we’d love to help by discussing our available workouts with you to help you find a fit that’s right for you.