Making Changes and Getting Strong
I feel like I have not blogged in forever, even though I just shared these amazing, easy, ten minute, gluten free, and low calorie cookies with you on Sunday.
Over the weekend, I did a lot of thinking about how healthy of a lifestyle I actually have. I value eating healthy, nutritious foods. I feel good about myself that I eat well most of the time, but sometimes I am too strict with the amounts of food I let myself consume.
One of my biggest excuses I use for not always letting myself eat a lot is, “Well I don’t work out as much as other people.” This is a horrible though, and I am going to rid my mind of this thought.
My relationship with exercise is a love-hate relationship, similar to most people. My exercising habits are also sporadic, inconsistent, and intermediate. This is what I want to change.
For a little background on me, I was actively involved on sporting teams from the time I was in kindergarten until tenth grade. From fourth grade on, I participated in multiple sports a year, and was always running from one activity to the next. Because of this, I was always involved in exercising, and relied on it to maintain my weight. Because I was active and a healthy weight, I never put any thought into the quantity or quality of food I ate. In the past year and a half or so, this has completely changed. I no longer participate in sports, and I am extremely interested in food and nutrition.
Since I always relied on practice and game schedules to define my workouts, I have struggled to get into a good exercise routine. I might work out six days a week for two weeks, then one day a week the next, and three days the following week without a real focus.
I am not an intense exercise lover. I admit it, and I don’t want to try and be one. At this point in my life, I do not see myself becoming a marathon runner or someone who spends two hours a day in a gym. I would like to find a better working routine to be more fit.
I have started this working out this week, with a specific focus on strength training and building muscle. I believe this is what is best for my body. I believe strength training will be the best for my body because it will a) increase my metabolism b) improve my moods c) allow me to put on a few pounds of muscle, and d) be a cathartic and relaxing routine.
Though I want to be more consistent with my exercising habits, I do not want to keep a specific exercise log, specifically on my blog. The reason for this is, frankly, I want to do what is best for my body, not what I believe others will be impressed by, what others will think of my work outs, or stand as a comparison. I would be lying if I said I have never looked at a work out online or in a magazine and thought, “Wow, I could never do that. They are so much better than me.”
I may post a little bit about my work outs, simply because getting into more consistent exercise habits will make me proud of myself, and I like to post the positive things in my life. I would also love to share any information that I would find potentially beneficial to my readers.
So this leads me to Today’s Questions:
1) What are your exercising habits? Do you have trouble getting into a routine?
2) What are your tips for building muscle and strength training? I would love your advice!
3) Do you ever find yourself comparing workouts to someone else’s workouts?
Posted on October 25, 2011, in body image, Dietary Needs, healthy lifestyle, Random Tangents and tagged building muscle, comparison, exercising, gaining muscle, healthy living, routine, small changes, stregnth training. Bookmark the permalink. 26 Comments.