Exercise is Meant to Be Enjoyed

March 31, 2014

There are so many different ways to get active. You can run, lift weights, take exercise classes, do yoga, crossfit, bootcamp, do pilates, go swimming, rollerblading, biking, walking, and so much more.

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Often times I see people putting down certain ways of exercising. “NO running whatsoever”, “Don’t lift heavy or you’ll get bulky”, “yoga isn’t really exercise”, “walking isn’t intense enough”. So on, and so forth. I cringe when I hear these things. Yes, certain types of exercises should be incorporated into your exercise routine depending on your goals. However, they don’t need to be the ONLY type of exercise you do.

If you want to build muscle, sure, you must incorporate some type of strength training into your exercise routine. But you don’t need to cut out other types of exercise you like.

If you want to lean out, sometimes you need a little extra cardio. Some people don’t need any.

If you just want to have fun and stay active, you can DEFINITELY walk for exercise. Or do yoga. Or anything else your heart desires.

Because guess what? Exercise is NOT a one-size-fits-all type of deal. Different things work for different people! Exercise is supposed to be a part of your life and IMPROVE your health. It shouldn’t be something you dread. You should make it a habit, and something you look forward to to release some stress, get high off endorphins, and feel like a badass.

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For example, I LOVE weight training. But sometimes I just feel like going for a looong run outside. So I do. Sometimes I want to do some yoga and practice my handstands, so I do. Sometimes I want to take a bootcamp class, or try out cross fit, so I do.

If you don’t like to run, you don’t have to.

If you don’t like to lift heavy weights, you don’t have to.

If you hate yoga, you don’t have to do it.

See what I mean? It’s really that simple. Find something you love, something you’re passionate about, and something you look forward to. Do that, and enjoy it.

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18 Comments
    1. A-freaking-men. I’m not a heavy lifter by any means (yoga is my “strength training”) and I love to run. I love spinning and zumba and hate body pump. I don’t follow blog trends with workouts because they just aren’t who I am, and that’s fine. I’m really glad you found something you’re passionate about but that you’re open to other things too!

      1. Love it! I’m glad you’ve found what you are passionate about as well!:D

    1. LOVE this post and completely agree with everything you wrote. In my opinion, exercise should be something you do for yourself, not because it works for other people. I love to strength train and am working on my running, but don’t enjoy running enough to kill myself and go 235789023485 miles in a week. Find your own personal balance with enjoying your workouts and embrace it :)!

      1. Exactly!!! Same here. 01327410923 miles in a week is a lot 😉

    1. First of all, I’m SO happy that you’re back to blogging. 🙂

      Second, I couldn’t agree more. Exercise should always, always, always be enjoyed. The moment it becomes a chore is the moment you should re-evaluate your routine. I think that’s why my exercise regime changes so frequently…I just try to go with the flow. Some weeks I want to run every day, some weeks I crave a good yoga session, and some weeks I don’t want to go to the gym at all…it all depends. And that’s perfectly okay!

      1. Thanks so much, Emily!! I’m glad to be back 😀 Yes, very well said!! Mine is always different!

      1. Ahhh thanks so much girl! Feels great to be back 😀

    1. Love, love, love! I think sometimes people get discouraged from exercising because what they love to do is looked down upon by the rest of the community. They force themselves to do something they don’t enjoy just because it’s the current flavour of the week, end up hating it, and throw in the towel all together. Exercise should definitely make you feel good! Just like with diet, there’s no one size fits all.

      1. Yes, exactly! As a trainer I always try to promote finding something that you enjoy.

    1. 1000% agree with you love! Exercise is exercise, and it’s way better than being sedentary 24/7. People can get a bit elitist about certain workouts, but really, as long as people are moving does it really matter exactly what form of exercising they’re getting? I’ve been focusing on walks and yoga lately, and I’ve found myself really appreciating how they make me feel. I put it on the same level as weights or more intense cardio in my mind – as long as I’m moving, I’m doing my body good!

    1. Said so well.. I hate hat people think they “must do” one thing and hate it. It will never be fun or enjoyable and in fact, just makes you miserable. I love running and strength training. I don’t love yoga, but I don’t think anything of anyone who does in- in fact, I wish I was as flexible and strong as most people are who do do it! Excellent points to just be you and do what you enjoy!

    1. Great post Brittany! So true that everyone’s fitness is different! Sometimes it takes stepping out of our comfort zone to find what works for us but realizing that not one form is the “right” way is so important!

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