Well, two weeks in a row, I have run a 5k. Today, I am stiff and I ache. The course I ran was hilly and I feel those hills. It's a fantastic feeling. The knowledge that I ran that 5k, and that I reduced my time to complete it by 5 minutes is awesome. I'm not fast but it doesn't matter. What matters is that my body is moving and I'm doing what I need to feel better. Tomorrow, I will be up at 4:15 a.m. to go workout. I do Camp Gladiator. It's hard, it's fast, and it's fun.
Several of my friends have done CG for years, and they had tried for 2 years, unsuccessfully, to try to get me there. I would say, "I'm not running unless someone is chasing me." That was my answer. Every time. They caught me a few weeks before my 40th birthday and talked me into agreeing to do a 1-month trial. I was not enthusiastic. However, I thought, why not? I could try it and say I didn't like it and that would be that. Instead, after my first session, I signed up for two years. I LOVED it. The group camaraderie, the support from the people who are working out next to you, how busy you are the whole time. The session flew by.
That was over a year ago. I won't claim that I am a fantastic attendee. However, I have an amazing coach that I work with. She pushes me. She supports me. I am so grateful to have her. Tomorrow, we'll be starting Bold Week. Once a month, they rotate locations, times and coaches so that people can try someone and something new. I am looking forward to going tomorrow and dreading it. My coach has some new equipment. Which means I will have some sore muscles next week. It's worth it though.
I share my story because I know I'm not alone. I'm not a natural exercise person. I have to force myself to get up and go for it. It's easy to hit the snooze button. So easy. When I don't do it though, I feel better. I'm taking care of myself. It's fun to be part of the group. When I miss camp, some days I will get up and go running. It's not nearly as fun.
You don't have to sign up for a camp or a gym to take care of yourself. You can find friends who have a common interest in walking, running, swimming or biking and do that instead. If you can't afford to pay for those activities, you can find free options instead. If you are not social when you exercise, you can find free options on YouTube for yoga, calisthenics or even a boot camp type class. Be creative, there are lots of options.
I have children. Daughters. I want to set a good example for them of how you should care for your body. As I mentioned before, I have struggled with my weight for much of my life. When it is possible, I like to include them in my exercise because it sets an example that you need to take the time and put in the effort to care for your body. I'm not ashamed of my body, however, I am not comfortable when I am heavy. The weight gets in the way and slows me down. I get winded, am easily tired and am not able to do some of the activities I enjoy because it hurts my knees. Keeping my body fit is a gift to myself and to my daughters. It's much more enjoyable to chase them around the yard when I am not out of breath in a matter of minutes.
Give yourself the gift of health and wellness. Take the time to exercise and feed your body the nutrients it needs.
Exercise is like an addiction. Once you're in it, you feel like your body needs it. - Elsa Pataky