Every 4 years I watch the Summer Olympics, and I am never disappointed. If you are like me, you are watching the events feeling inspired to get into better shape and become more athletic. These athletes are in amazing physical shape; some old, some young, every race, every shape, it doesn’t matter.
And every 4 years I find myself in awe of all of the different events. They are such a great reminder of how complex our bodies are and what we are actually capable of when we mix hard-work, determination, and talent.
A few years ago I donated blood and I was told that I had high cholesterol. I had no other risk factors (not overweight, didn’t smoke, didn’t have high blood pressure.) So, my doctor told me that I had to start working out. Or, I’d have to go on medicine. Ugh!
My first thoughts were: I hate working out. I don’t have time to workout. I can’t afford to join a gym. I’m not overweight, I don’t need to workout.
But, I really didn’t want to go on medicine, so I reluctantly decided to start trying some different workouts. The first couple that I found were actually free workouts onDemand from my Cable service. There were so many different varieties that I started trying all different ones, right in my living room.
The more I tried, the more I got into working out. I would feel so great after each workout, not to mention I started noticing little changes in my body. My waist started becoming more defined. My arms and legs were toned. I even bought a set of dumbbells. When those got too easy, I bought more. And then, I bought even more.
Eventually, I joined a gym and started taking classes. One day, our instructor didn’t show up for class, so I jumped right in and taught the class. Someone had suggested that I become certified in fitness instruction, and well, the rest is history.
It turns out, I didn’t hate working out. I just hated the treadmill. It was boring, and I never saw any visible results from walking on the treadmill.
The bottom line is, find a workout that you like. Respect your body. The Olympics display just how diverse your workouts can be, and the vast capabilities of our bodies. Go for a swim. Jump on a trampoline. Run. Bike. Play Volleyball. And, when you get bored of that, try something else.
I think we tend to put so much pressure on our workouts that we lose sight of the fact that it can actually be fun.
And, as always, don’t forget to listen to your body. One day you might go intense. One day you might be easy on yourself. Changing your health starts with respecting and appreciating yourself first.
What do you love about the Olympics? Which event is missing? Which event needs to go? And, check out my chat with Nancy Hornback about which Olympian inspires us.
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