Fitness fun. Fun fitness. Two things that, in my mind, should always go together. If you read my blog, then you should know that I firmly believe in finding ways of getting active that you actually like. You should enjoy moving your body. It should add to your life, not make you hate life. If you participate in Best Body Bootcamp, then you should know that I aim to keep things fun and interesting. Challenging still? Yes. But most definitely fun, flexible to you, and interesting. Fun. Fitness. Fitness. Fun. They go hand in hand.
I spent the first couple of years of my fitness journey doing just that. I worked out to Cathe and Turbo Jam DVDs exclusively with my sister and mom. It was a blast. I eventually joined a gym and started learning more about strength training, interval sessions, and group fitness classes. Once again, I had a blast.
Even amidst my binge eating disorder, I never really used workouts as punishment. But I did reach a point where the goal of my workout wasn’t to feel good, but to look a certain way. I got sucked into the fitness competition environment. I spent hours upon hours at the gym. I achieved the goals of getting on stage (and YES I’m glad I did), but fitness wasn’t fun anymore. It didn’t work for me.
Seven months after that, I got pregnant. I had fun with fitness again – doing what I wanted. After pregnancy, I branched out into running for the first time. I fell in love and trained for a 5K, then a 10K, then my first half marathon. I got bit by the bug and decided to do a marathon. I got injured. I pushed through as best and as balanced as I could. I achieved the goal of crossing a marathon finish line (and YES I’m glad I did), but fitness wasn’t fun anymore. It revolved too much around battling injury (which still rears its ugly head!) and managing running, at the sacrifice of the joy in other areas of fitness.
So far this year, I have been VERY over the whole idea of pushing to reach a particular goal, because it often reaches the point it is no longer fun for me. For some, training for a goal like that IS fun. And motivating. And inspiring. To that I say…AWESOME! But for me? I’m realizing it just doesn’t work. I have more joy in my workouts when I don’t have any specific goals. When I just want to try new things and use it as a release. So, that’s where my focus has been lately. The fun of fitness. I’ve been more about variety than any one thing.
photo courtesy of Lee
A couple weekends ago I participated in the Atlanta Color Me Rad race with Lee and Lindsay. It was way messy (I had some stains through two or three showers), but also way fun. Lee and I ran/walked together through the course, which was surprisingly hilly and all on trails, while getting pelted with gobs of colored corn starch. I don’t think the smile left my face.
photo courtesy of Lindsay
That’s how I’m approaching running more so now, especially since my lower right leg has acted up off and on again. I’m still training for the Women’s Running Series race in Nashville but I’m not 100% sure if that means the half or the 5K option. I plan to run how feels good to my body and see where that leads me so I can enjoy more runs and races like this, rather than forcing myself into certain events.
Bringing Out Old Favorite Workouts
Heck yea that is a step, baby! Doing some Cathe DVDs lately because I love them. They got me started into fitness and I still want the workout DVDs around, so they’re coming out more often these days.
Workouts With Peter
We’ve been doing some Insanity DVDs together for an early morning workout. It’s a great way to start the day, even if I do loathe those days I have to drag myself out of bed and get moving that early.
After moving, I wanted to find a more convenient studio still with good classes and times. I found one that has a great price for a monthly, unlimited membership and they have fantastic classes too. I don’t think I’ve sweat so much in my life, but I always leave loving that workout.
Yes, I love these workouts too. Strength training was my first love, after all. I get great pleasure out of putting together workouts to share with others and forming challenging, but fun, series of exercises. I’m always doing trial runs of these for a strength session every week and it hasn’t gotten old yet.
Classes at Gym
I just welcomed a cycle class back into my life yesterday. I really want to give this Ball Pilates class a shot at the gym. I’ve done a CXWorx Les Mills class recently. I want to have the freedom to do these things.
And because not all fitness needs to be at the gym…I’m perfectly happy not getting in a formal workout some days and just having fun at the park or the pool with my kids, Then not feeling guilty about it because I didn’t stick to some plan I have to follow. I’m finding way more balance and pleasure again in my life with this approach to fitness. After all, I love fitness. All forms. Whatever you choose to do with your fitness self, make sure it is truly YOU. Not what you feel like you should be doing. Give your best to what you love…and nobody can fault you for that. Least of all, yourself. Now go get in a workout…and have a little fun with it for me, will ya?
Your Turn – What workouts are you having the most fun with right now? Do you more enjoy flexible workouts with no clear cut goal or do you prefer having a concrete goal with a detailed plan? No right or wrong answer! I’ve enjoyed one before and the other more now. Who knows what my crazy mind will want another few months or a year from now. Ha!