So it is now the beginning of February and about the time when all of those New Year workout resolutions fade away (you know who you are). You started off strong. You went to the gym everyday. You ran your mile on that treadmill. You lifted those weights. Then you got over it. Maybe this gym thing just isn’t for you, and that’s okay!
That was a little hard for me to swallow though. I was standing back, watching women around me strive fervently to get healthy at the gym, while I just couldn’t seem to stick with it. I felt defeated. I had failed myself. Then I realized something. Gym does not equal healthy. There is no healthy rule-book that states that one must go to the gym everyday to be fit. There are other ways to reach your goals. You just have to find out what works best for you.
For me, the answer was group fitness. I was scrolling through my Facebook feed one day when I came across a video of a class at a new group fitness studio that had just opened up. I was intrigued. These women didn’t look miserable as I often looked when working out. They actually looked like they were having fun! What? That just wasn’t possible. How can anyone possibly enjoy a workout. I sure didn’t enjoy them. But they were having fun. I wanted to have fun working out too!
While the classes at this particular studio didn’t fit my schedule, I immediately signed up for a trial at another local studio called Exhale Fitness (p.s. If you’re in the Tri-cities area get a free trial now! You won’t regret it!). I cannot tell you how much my relationship with working out has changed since starting these classes. I no longer feel dread when it comes time for a workout. I actually feel excited!
What made group classes the right choice for me was that, being a former team sport athlete, I felt a sense of camaraderie with the other women there. Like we were all there for the same reason…as a team. However, what was right for me, may not be right for you. My goal is to make it to class 4+ times per week. Your goal may be to go 3 times per week or even everyday. Group fitness is where I feel at home, but you may prefer the gym or running trails. The point is, fitness is not one size fits all. Find what works for you, when it works for you and jump in.