Exercise seems too difficult until you finally do it.
Just getting yourself to the gym is the hardest part. I know this all too well – I’ve been in a slump for honestly, years. Until recently I rediscovered my love for yoga again. REDISCOVERED. That word. Isn’t it crazy how I knew I loved yoga and how good it made me feel after but I still took a hiatus and convinced myself somehow that laying in my bed watching Netflix each day after work was better? I always made excuses but continued to be disgusted how I looked in the mirror. I knew people were aware I had gained weight and wasn’t as happy, but for some reason, I could not convince myself to JUST DO IT.
Self-pity rant over. The truth is, by comparing yourself to others and being negative about what you are now won’t change anything. I was listening to a podcast the other day, and she said something that kind of just jump started me all over again. She spoke about cortisol (stress hormone) our bodies produce by being unhappy within yourself. That’s was me, it’s how I felt every day and how I know so many others feel. Sometimes you have no control oh what article, person, tv show, or podcast for that matter that will just make you one day, click! This was it for me.
By adopting and changing the negative mindset, you will begin to see results. I finally kicked my butt into gear and made it to my first yoga class in MONTHS. Go ahead, ask my boyfriend how annoying I was with energy, happiness, and confidence. After one hour of my favorite yoga class. I instantly saw results and most importantly, felt the results physically and mentally. Find something you can stick to and enjoy. Yoga is for me but maybe there’s something for you that you haven’t found yet, go out and find it.
Here are some positive reasons why you should exercise:
After one yoga class, I felt like I could take on the world. Imagine if you have a routine and how much you would kick butt at work, home, and in your workout. The exercise reminded me how much my body and mind are capable of. With a little bit of motivation, support, and goal setting, I know that I can reach my goals and ultimately be happier.
Have ya’ll hear of endorphins? That’s what gets released when you’re happy. Exercise literally helps produce this. That’s why it’s always recommended by doctors to just work out. Sometimes when I had a bad day I just want to go home and lock myself in my room and Netflix it out. But I KNOW that if I go to yoga I’ll feel better, so it’s just a matter of getting myself there. Mama loves those endorphins.
Have experience be your happy place. Where you go to let it all out and release all of the stress from the day, week, or month for that matter. I find myself thinking a lot more clearly during or after a good workout. Therefore, I make way better decisions and feel better about what occurred. Sometimes it’s even the little things that make me so happy and relieve stress. One thing I adore about my yoga class is that at the endI will exercise because I love myself #exercise #love #fitness #goals Click To Tweet
Why do I choose Yoga?
I have to say, I never thought I’d be a yogi. But honestly, there are just too many benefits not to be. I love the atmosphere it provides, how it works all of my muscles, helps me look toned, and I feel incredible at the end of my studio session. That’s not even me going into how it relieves my stress, helps my lower back pain, and going into why I love essential oils as part of my yogi ritual. By no means am I a yogi expert or instructor, but I truly appreciate the practice and how it changes so many people’s lives. I’m telling you, give it a try. It makes me so happy and I see so many benefits from it.
Why else? Because you love yourself.
That’s why! It’s so important to take care of yourself. It will start improving your life in so many ways. Yes, it takes time but the best part is that during that time you see and feel the changes day by day. After that, others will start to notice. But who cares about them, because this journey is ultimately for you. It is the best feeling when you get yourself out of a slump and start doing things for the right reasons and not for someone else. I remember my first yoga class I was so embarrassed because I felt like I had the biggest arms, shoulders, and waist and felt like I looked silly doing the moves compared the other class members. Then I remembered, I’m not here for them. I’m here to improve my health, self-image, and to gain more happiness in my life naturally. You can do this. Find something so special to your heart that you wake up the next day wanting to go to that workout. The other most important piece is surrounding you with others who want the same things and who are positive. It will help, my friends.
Take care of yourself,