Changing The Way I View Exercise

January 9, 2017

“I need to do extra cardio today since I had that slice of cake.”

“I work out because I love to eat.”

“I ate too much last night, so I’m going to double it up today.”

I’m guilty of saying all of that too, trust me, but I am working on viewing EXERCISE as a celebration of my health instead of punishing myself for what I ate the day before.

Over the past couple of months I have been focusing on exercise in a different way. I used to be in the mindset that exercise is meant for me to burn calories and that’s it. To make my body look good or whatever other worldly thoughts I can think of…however, that has changed quite a bit since I started really focusing on teaching others fitness.

Now I view exercise as a CELEBRATION.

Exercise is a celebration of our bodies – look at what we can do for ourselves to get stronger and stay healthy.

Exercise is a celebration of our health – the more we workout, the healthier we can be and the smarter decisions we can make.

Exercise is a celebration of our inner strength – look at what we do! Even when we don’t feel like working out, we push ourselves and make it happen. That takes heart and strength.

Ever since I started being more grateful for exercise instead of viewing it as something I just “have to do,” I’ve noticed a shift in my workouts.

  • I take my workouts more seriously and get more out of my workouts.
  • I am present in the workouts instead of focusing on other stuff I should be doing.
  • I’m nicer to my body and allow myself more grace. If I don’t want to work out today, then why should I work out? Plan it and listen to your body.
  • I want to try new workouts and want to workout with friends more often.

All I’m asking of you is to think about this next time you work out…think about celebrating yourself and your body for allowing you to work out. I’m telling you, you’ll notice the difference! 🙂

I’d love to know, what do you think about this philosophy? If you’d like, please share your thoughts below in the comments section.







1 Comment

  • Reply Amanda Cranfill January 9, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    I like your philosophy of celebrating what your body can do. When I work on becoming stronger physically, I also discover a stronger emotional and spiritual health. In recent months I have received guidance from my primary care physician, Psychologist and Life Coach that proved spending time to improve physical fitness,especially when spending time outdoors, is beneficial to mental health and spirituality. Neither of these had anything to do with how thin I can become or what I might look like.

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