I love what the “…go left” in the original version of this quotation stands for. . .but I *also* love the gym-rat-edited “…go LIFT” one, and not because it’s gym-leaning.
Exercise is, 1,000%, a proven de-stressor (that happens to have added health benefits, vs. other known de-stressors, like comfort foods, binge eating, alcohol consumption, body-harming vices of whatever design…)
I think a lot of folks who haven’t had the opportunity to be (or exposure to being) active don’t know what they are missing. Whether it is lifting iron in a gym, taking a jog, or just dancing like no one is watching as fiercely as you can, physical movement and engagement can turn a very BAD day (or series of events!) into a much more positive one. It’s not only for your heart and body, but your mind and emotional state too too…
When nothing goes right, give your body a chance to work out the aggression, frustration, disappointment, whatever. . . It really doesn’t matter if it’s jumping jacks during commercials, going to a barre class, or playing in a soccer league. ANY movement helps.
By changing your direction and focus, and letting your body do what it was designed to do – move – you can alter not only the tone of the day, but your mood with it.
Some days I have to really remind myself…
Seeing as I’m going to physical therapy tomorrow, I might also need a sit-down explanation…
I definitely am not in the shape I was in when I was competitive figure skating as a child and teen… Nor am I in the shape I was in during college (when I hardly worked out, and ate like a horse!) Nor, again, am I the “fit” I maintained while competitive dancing…
But at 38 (and a half!), I feel really thankful, and incredibly healthy. My muscle tone fluctuates, and I don’t necessarily look the way I did when I was training full-bore (“cut” is generally softer these days)…but my schedule and training load has also changed, and doing too much is more of a bad idea than a good one.
I woke up this morning feeling under the weather – not “sick” per se, but like I’ve done too much and need a break. (This happens more frequently in my 30’s than it did in the past.) I skipped my cardio, went to physical therapy, and I’m going easy. Part of me plays that “I’m being lazy”game – the holidays are coming up and I won’t be able to necessarily get in as much exercise as I’d like to. But sometimes that’s what we need most – REST.
My nutrition stays clean all year round – I stick to the foods that make me feel good, not only what keeps weight off. Protein and veggies always help me feel full, and keep me from going haywire when I’m craving something less healthy. High quality foods also help balance the days that I am not as “peak” and can’t do as hard a workout (if one at all.)
I also try to get in some cardio, or lifting when I can – it isn’t as frequent as it once was, and (as with today) I sometimes have to take the day off…and NOT beat myself up about it. It is easy to forget that when we make healthy living a priority (it is a “lifestyle,” after all) there is room for taking the breaks we need.
So do what you can, and allow yourself a little room for when your body is saying “hello!? I’d like a day off…or a few, please?!”
You are perfect the way you are – a little fluctuation is not only normal, but healthy AND okay. ❤
Actually…in this case, I was traveling BACK home…from my new home…for ten days to attend to wedding preparations – I therefore knew about a gym location in advance BUT…had I not, I’d have scouted one out for sure.
Fitness isn’t a once in a while thing – it’s a lifestyle. Staying fit is a commitment to making good daily choices – keeping in mind, of course, that life is fast-paced, and sometimes unexpected.
But when we are traveling, or need to be out of our regular routine, there are ways to keep up with some activities. Your body – and mind! – will thank you for going the extra mile and making sure your hotel has a fitness facility, or that there is a gym, bike trail etc nearby.
With all of the crazy things i had scheduled, fitting in my cardio and lifting wasn’t going to be easy – but I made it work. I got up earlier than I might have otherwise, put on my spin shoes, and headed out the door. *Making the time* is a huge part of it – that’s where your commitment comes in. Your goals are achievable so long as you seize opportunity.
I made sure that I specifically put in the mornings that I wanted to go to the gym ON my schedule, in advance – it mattered to me enough (knowing I would physically and mentally not feel myself if I skipped it!) to get there, and having it penciled in already meant there were no excuses.
Being away from home meant I was missing eight Martial Art classes a week, and regular other exercise – without making the time, I’d have fallen into a slump for well over a week, which – for me – equals a terrible mood, and a tired body. Don’t forget that exercise boosts your energy, and happy chemicals – endorphins to the rescue! Just because you aren’t home doesn’t mean you can’t keep up with SOMEthing. It’s worth looking into your options ahead of time so you don’t fall into a cycle of doing zero.
I know a lot of people who love to exercise, and enjoy being fit. Some of them also, however, LOVE food – enough that they gripe about their “pooch” – regularly – in spite of the substantial amount of working out they squeeze in.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news but…nutrition matters. I daresay it matters MORE than exercise (though both are incredibly important in maintaining the health of the one vessel we have this go ’round!)
But it isn’t all so dire – small changes CAN make a big impact.
If tweaking even on a minor level is too hard, though, you can always hire someone to help you outside the gym. You know, when you sneakily reach for that donut. (Claiming it called to you isn’t going to cut it, sorry! 😉 )
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