7 things to remember when you're working out

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Ahhhh, working out. One of my favorite things-- especially in the summer. I love running, yoga, working out. It's uplifting and it really does help build self esteem, as well as just give you a rush in general; because yay you are using your muscles and ITS GOOD FOR YOU. #strengthtraining

BUT, one thing that I literally cannot stand, is seeing all this "motivational" stuff on the internet that is seriously...not motivating at all. Things that focus merely on provoking and making fun of your own body shape enough to give yourself a kick in the butt to go change that, pronto. Because there's somehow only ONE right body shape, right?

WRONG. And I am sick of negative motivation. Workouts aren't about tearing yourself down, or starving yourself, or trying to adopt someone else's body shape.
I think this is worth talking about because I'm convinced that being healthy and living healthy (both mentally and physically) is a really big part of living wholly, and being who you are. I've experienced this on a very personal level. I'm guessing I'll probably write a future blog post about that. But for now I thought it would be fun to just throw out 7 things that I like to keep in mind when I work out:


1. working out should be positive

Working out shouldn't be something that you dread, and if it is you're doing it wrong. I used to hate workouts, because I was doing it wrong. Start slow and be positive, work your way up, and don't be obsessive. Use mantras, set intentions, talk you yourself. "I am strong, I am capable, I am focused." Come up with some fun ones and use those.


2. you are not your body shape/size

Guess what? Your body is divine, and it is beautiful. Setting goals for a healthier you is important and good-- but make sure they are healthy, positive goals. Don't base what you are doing off of what the world tells you you should look like. I have been there and trust me, it is not a good place to be, it's abusive to your mind and body. Decide on healthy goals and go for those-- love your body.


3. working out shouldn't be a punishment

You're not beating yourself up. You're not trying to 'whip yourself into shape.' Don't be your own slave driver for gosh sake. Be your personal coach-- build yourself up. Work out because it feels good, and gives you a sense of fulfillment. Never punish yourself with a workout.

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4. rest days are important

CAN'T STRESS THIS ONE ENOUGH. This is both scientific and spiritually healthy. Muscles develop just as fast with every-other-day work outs, in fact they develop better. Tearing up your muscles every day without any rest periods for them to strengthen doesn't build them up any faster. We also can sometimes fall into a cycle of becoming a slave to our workout routines, when it should be the other way around. You are in control. Don't be excessive.


5. motivate yourself with positive things

"skinny" shouldn't be a motivator. "Strong" should be. You aren't a barbie doll, God didn't create you do be a silicon-like object. He gave you strength and beauty to acknowledge, enjoy and care for. Your body is a temple-- talk to it as you would speak to something sacred. No tearing down. Motivate yourself with a desire to be strong, inside and outside, to be capable, able, free, more grounded, more deeply YOU. Not because you want your body to be different. Your body knows what you think of it, so for goodness sake send it some love, dude.


6. know your body and don't push yourself beyond healthy limits

Running yourself into a case of painful shin splints never helped anyone. Learn to listen to your body and give it a break when you need it. I take weekends off from running. You are not a machine, you are a sacred being. Treat yourself as if you were your own child, talk to yourself accordingly.

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7. set a goal, stick to it, and celebrate when you reach it

I sometimes fall into the habit of setting a goal, reaching it, and then immediately bumping the standard up further, not even acknowledging how good it feels to have reached a goal. An example would be a goal to run 2 miles, completing those miles and immediately thinking "maybe I can push myself to three." DON'T. Take the day off, celebrate that you have reached a new personal achievement. There will be plenty of time to set a new goal, but its important to respect the mind and spare it the whiplash; revel in what you have achieved.



Okay, I'm done. That's my workout rant for the day. I have a book to go write. (haha)

How do you like to get active in the summer?


xx

k a t e




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  1. Great tips! It is hard to get a fitness journey started, but once you get the ball rolling it is also fairly easy to become obsessed and turn something so positive into something unhealthy. These tips offer great balance.

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    1. thank you so much for your kind words, Susanna! I so agree...balance is one of the most important things in our lifestyles. It's so healthy to keep in mind.

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  2. It's actually Winter here, which is terribly annoying because I love running in the sunshine (well, love half the time and don't do because I hate it in the other half). I love the idea of working out to be strong and not skinny, which is a very recent discovery for myself. Thanks for saying that rest days are okay, and maybe the one real tip I need to follow here is to actually set goals. I'm reasonably healthy but sometimes I feel like I'm not aiming for anything and I'm just working out when I feel like it (I'm also eating junk food whenever I feel like it).

    -M
    The Life of Little Me

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    1. strong beats skinny any day-- literally! Haha. I'm so glad you got something out of this, girl. Keep up the good work and living strong!!

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  3. Yay! Finally someone wrote an exercise post that wasn't all 'think about how great your body will look when you work out and lose all that fat.' That's honestly been the way I've thought of exercise, and it's great to see a different outlook. It actually encourages me to work out more, because it's going to be about how I feel, not how I look. And I didn't know that working out every other day was just as productive! Gosh, I really needed this post. I was pretty close to giving up on working out because I didn't feel like I 'looked any toner'. But thanks to this post, it's kind of changed my view point. (-: Anyhow, long rant over, I guess what I want to say is thank you. Thank you for giving other girls the right kind of motivation and advice.

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    1. awwww, Elizabeth girl! Your comment made me so happy, like I can't even. I am so so so happy that this post gave you a new way too look at it and that it could offer some inspiration!! Keep being, strong, amazing, beautiful YOU

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  4. Yay! Finally someone wrote an exercise post that wasn't all 'think about how great your body will look when you work out and lose all that fat.' That's honestly been the way I've thought of exercise, and it's great to see a different outlook. It actually encourages me to work out more, because it's going to be about how I feel, not how I look. And I didn't know that working out every other day was just as productive! Gosh, I really needed this post. I was pretty close to giving up on working out because I didn't feel like I 'looked any toner'. But thanks to this post, it's kind of changed my view point. (-: Anyhow, long rant over, I guess what I want to say is thank you. Thank you for giving other girls the right kind of motivation and advice.

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  5. this is so good! I am glad to see posts like this about working out that don't make you feel bad about yourself.

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    1. Thank you!! I couldn't agree more-- I am sooo tired of posts like that. This world needs more positive vibes and inspiration going on!

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  6. "We also can sometimes fall into a cycle of becoming a slave to our workout routines, when it should be the other way around. You are in control. Don't be excessive." <<< I WANT A POSTER OF THAT ON MY WALL. You should make workout posters and SPAM PINTEREST WITH THEM... MWHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAA

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    1. mwahahahaa, yesss! New pinterest series...hmmm... but I don't have Pinterest? I haven't even linked my twitter here yet, sheeh! xD gotta get on that

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  7. Thank you for the tips! My goal this summer is to work out more outside (hiking, biking, etc).I've been finding though, that it's so easy to compare myself with other people and not see how far I've come.
    Lovely post. ♥

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    1. your sweet words made my morning, Kara! Keep biking, hiking and being awesome, fabulous YOU

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