When In Doubt, Sweat It Out

June 26, 2018

We’ve all heard it time and again, working out is good for us. But why? Well I don’t have a degree in exercise science but I do have some thoughts. (Consult a professional before taking my advice.)

According to an article posted on the Mayo Clinic’s website, “The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity (such as brisk walking or swimming) or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity (such as running).” There are a multitude of studies showing that exercise can relieve stress. Not to mention the physical activity helps increase the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.

Everyone has to find their workout niche. For some its hot yoga, barre, spin, or strength training. For me, its CrossFit, which is a high-intensity exercise program that focuses on a mixture of aerobic exercises, gymnastics and strength training.

Now, I am no fool to the stigma around CrossFit. Many people think its intimidating and too intense. I thought that before I started. But like anything, all great things come when you get out of your comfort zone.

Now I’m not here to convenience everyone to drop everything they’re doing and go find a CrossFit gym. But if you’re considering it, let me tell you all the reasons why I like it. CrossFit is the type of workout that always leaves room for improvement — a new movement to learn or improve on, a heavier weight to lift, a workout to complete. When I step into the gym my mind shuts off from the emails, the laundry, the dishes piling up, and I am present on pushing myself to beat old benchmarks. Some days you succeed and some days you don’t, and that’s okay. It teaches the importance of bouncing back and being resilient. Not to mention CrossFit is known for the communities it creates and teams it builds. CrossFit is my hour a day where I get to invest in myself and the people around me, achieve things I never thought were possible and help other people believe they are capable of accomplishing incredible things.

So for anyone, young or old, habitual gym rats or someone looking to turn a new leaf: find what you like and enjoy the process. Enjoy the walks around the lake, enjoy the 100 squats a day challenge, enjoy taking the time to focus on you. When we can take the time to invest in ourselves we are setting ourselves up to be the best version of ourselves in our careers, with our friends and families, and on a daily basis.

We need to stop viewing fitness as a chore and switch our mindset into seeing exercise, of any kind, as investing in ourselves. Start small and build up a routine. Maybe that means taking a walk during your lunch break or committing to turning a weekly meeting into a standing meeting. Habits are built from a lot of small choices. But most importantly, have fun with it.

If you’re not sure what you like and don’t like, give ClassPass a go. You can dabble in a variety of different class and fitness communities and find your perfect fit.

Happy sweating my friends!