Fortunately for me (in my opinion) I grew up in a house back in the 70’s when my older brother was into bodybuilding – for those of you not familiar with what bodybuilding was all about that many moons ago, check out this link. Luckily my brother instilled his love of fitness into me and started me on a training regimen when I was 13 years old – yes, 13 years old! I have worked out religiously ever since.
He helped me learn good eating habits; I would want a Twinkie but he had other ideas! He would literally, no exaggeration here, grab the Twinkie out of my hand and throw it in the garbage. He was significantly larger than me, so after awhile you get tired of fighting it and succumb to the demands put on you, LOL!!!
Eventually my older brother went away to college but habits stick – which can be good or bad depending on what yours are! Regardless, I continued to workout and dabbled in all sorts of different exercising. The good ‘ol Jane Fonda aerobic days, weight training, running, yoga (yes I started yoga way back before it was cool, over 25 years ago and have been doing it ever since!). I also absolutely love boot camp! So I have the motivation, plenty of work out equipment right in my own house but yet sometimes we all need a little something extra. So I recently joined a bootcamp class nearby. I’ve dabbled in classes here and there, always checking out new things and how my fitness level is keeping up with others (gotta be sure I’m not getting too easy on myself). I found Bootcamp30 (this is not a paid advertisement, but I just want to share my newest journey with all of you). It’s awesome! They work our butts off!
Bottomline is, find something that you love but never stop pushing yourself, join a class here and there, run a 5k, whatever – just see how you’re keeping up with all the other fitness junkies out there. Don’t be hard on yourself, and remember, there’s always someone else who is just starting out. Don’t think you have to lose 5 pounds before you sign up or worry about what others will think (trust me on this one! – everyone else is just gasping for air in 90% of the workout classes I’ve attended, no one is as worried about you in these settings as you think!). Lastly, find something that you love and you find enjoyable. It doesn’t have to be hi-intensity, or crazy amounts of weight training. Take care of your body, you only get one in this lifetime and it takes you many places and you put extraordinary demands on it!
Keep things in balance by taking a couple days off a week too! I’m no fitness instructor or certified anything, I just like to think I have some common sense!