In my life, I’ve worked out for myriad different reasons: to lose weight, to train for a 5k, to look fabulous in my wedding dress, to take off unwanted baby pounds. However, it wasn’t until three years ago that I really started to enjoy my daily fitness routines. I went from a girl who would enjoy the occasional jog a few times a week to someone who takes cardio and strength classes at the gym up to 10 times a week (I’m now certified to teach these classes…hence the higher-than-usual amount of time I spend at the gym).
Trust me, I was not always like this.
Was it hard to start a routine? Definitely. But once I did, I couldn’t stop and then, because I truly enjoyed what I was doing, others became aware of my interest and started asking me to consider teaching.
Me? A fitness instructor?
Turns out, I love that, too! Over the past three years, in addition to setting up a regular fitness regime for myself, I also took time to become group fitness certified by NETA as well as Les Mills certified in BODYPUMP and BODYSTEP.
What has helped me enjoy working out is a combination of a few things. And although I realize that not everyone wants to add fitness instructor to their résumé, I hope that one of my reasons for developing a love of fitness might resonate with you and quite possibly turn out to be something you love as well.
My workouts are a stress-free zone
Every hour of my day is spoken for–whether with work, my family, kids activities and yes, even working out. The difference is, when I’m working out, it’s a stress-free zone. It is my time to relax, refresh and focus on something that is important to me.
I have a great support system
A happy wife makes a happy husband, right? OK, all jokes aside, I do have a wonderfully supportive husband who understands the importance of my workouts and the great mood I’m in when I come back! I also have a great support system at the club where I teach and workout. From the clients to the other instructors, it’s a close-knit group that supports one another in our goals.
New friendships have developed
I didn’t set out to make new friends by developing a consistent workout routine, but I’m glad it worked out that way. I have made some really great connections and friendships with other women at my gym. We’ve taken our workout friendships outside of the club as well, having ladies’ night, traveling to training weekends together and participating in other fitness events such as 5k runs and challenges.
Learning to love your workouts can be a challenge, but once you set up a routine that works for you, it’ll seem second nature. Be sure that what you’re doing is fulfilling your own need–not a goal that someone else has for you–and you’ll feel great once you’ve accomplished what you set out to do!
*Previously published May 2012.