Why I Love Exercise

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Fitness | 4 comments

Why I Love Exercise

I used to hate to workout, especially going to the gym.  Going to the gym in New York City can be quite a “scene”.  Waiting for machines, dressing up to work out, smiling and socializing with people that you know.  I always felt like people were watching me, judging my performance.  Most probably because I used to do the same thing to them.  My lack of confidence kept me away from the gym.  Even though I knew that it was necessary for me to loose weight and really good for me I just never found any exercise that I liked.

Now exercise (I prefer to call it movement) is a necessary part of my day.  I spin, yoga, workout out with a trainer, and even have a mini trampoline in my apartment.  I went from going to the gym once a week, to working out 5-6 times a week.  What exactly was it that made me make this drastic turn around?

Two years ago I began training with Christa Bache.  Quite simply she changed my life.  With Christa I began to strengthen my body.  Working out with her was so much fun that it didn’t seem like effort at all.  I looked forward to our sessions.  When I first started I was doing my cardio activity on the treadmill.  I really hated the treadmill.  It was boring and as much as I wanted to be a runner my body was not ready for that!

Then one day she took me to a spin class.  That was really the turning point for me.   Although I could barley get off the bike during my first class, I was hooked.  I loved the energy in the room.  Pedaling as fast as I could to the rhythm of the music. Dripping sweat off of my body.  I never had a workout like it before and all the while burning up to 800-1000 calories.

After that I realized that I didn’t hate exercise I just hated the kind I was doing.  I started to try other forms of movement until I found the ones that I liked.  Most important I found movement that my body liked.

I noticed significant changes.  My abs got tighter, my legs got stronger, and I found my inner core.  Of course the added bonus was loosing another 15 lbs, just by adding a daily routine into my life.  I was in the best shape of my life and as a result of that I gained a new sense of confidence.  This confidence poured out of me and crossed over into other areas of my life.

For me movement is a stress reliever and makes feel good about myself.  When I combine that with clean eating I feel that all is well.  I encourage you to find movement that you enjoy.  It might be walking in central park, or dancing in your living room, or maybe you will be daring and try something new.  That is what I did and it has made all the difference in my life.

If you want to read more see my Top Ten Reasons to Exercise.



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