We all have different reasons why we workout. We may be looking to feel good and look good, or maybe we just want to get into that figure flattering dress. How about fitting into that bikini? Because, hey- summer is just around the corner. We may force ourselves to get to the gym because we know it is good for our overall health. The list can go on and on, and truthfully, just getting there is half the battle! So give yourself a pat on the back for doing that.
For me, daily exercise is so much more than fitting into that pair of jeans… My motivation for working out is because I know it exercises my mind, body, and soul. Those who know me know I love to try new different boutique fitness classes, like SoulCycle or Orangetheory Fitness. I loved Pure Barre so much that I actually became an instructor just about two years ago. This low impact workout defines and tones every muscle using small isometric movements. SoulCycle and Orangetheory Fitness classes are high-intensity workouts that get my heart rate up and BURN calories!
See, I believe that exercising is a form of therapy. Through ups and downs in my life, working out was always my outlet for relieving stress and anxiety. Throughout the hour, it is a time that I am able to think about myself, and allowing me to become stronger - physically, mentally, and emotionally. I have gained self-respect and self-love for myself, which has created me to become the woman I am today. I push myself to find the change in my body to allow the change in my mind and soul. I know that when I am stronger inside the walls of the gym, the stronger I am out in this crazy world. I keep this as a constant reminder. Staying physically fit motivates me to keep commitments, create routines, which in turn builds patience, determination, time management, and accountability.
Throughout my fitness journey, I have also made lifetime friendships. Whether it’s teaching a class, attending a class or seminar- I love meeting new people who have the same passion and love that I have with fitness. Not to mention, I truly love that letting out stress and anxiety with some of my buds creates stronger relationship and bonds. One of the best parts of working out with friends is that it’s also great to get a coffee or a smoothie after the sweat session and catch up on our daily lives.
If you’re stuck on trying to start a fitness journey, my advice to you is to write down what motivates you. Whether it’s to fit into those skinny jeans, get ready for a life event or just for better overall health – write it down. By doing so, keep it somewhere and hold yourself accountable. Grab a friend or two! Motivate each other, inspire one another – and don’t forget after an amazing workout, pat yourself on the back for taking one step closer to staying fit!