Why do you workout?
In our society people either workout because it makes them feel amazing or because they feel bad about what they ate (or are about to eat).
Our relationship with exercise has shifted. In many cases, its gone from being something that provides pleasure and energy, to something that is very toxic.
In the early part of my athletic career running fueled my soul and I LOVED lifting heavy shit. Seeing how far I could push my body in races and practice gave me energy, built my confidence, made me feel strong - and was FUN!
Then one quiet voice (and my inability to challenge it) changed my relationship with exercise.
It quickly moved from a healthy part of my life to one I used as punishment. It was rigid and destructive. It was no longer about pushing my limits in a competitive way, and became about breaking myself down.
Through years of healing my mind (and body) I’ve come back to that healthy, enjoyable place. I choose to move because of that power I feel and what it does for my overall mindset, and I now listen to my body by building in recovery.
Early on my value was placed in my athletic capabilities, and now my athletic capabilities are a part of the bigger story.
Your value isn’t based on how much you move or the shape of your body. Movement should be about how you FEEL, and what that feeling provides you each time you show up. It should be about the benefits it brings to your body and mind.
Choose exercise that feels good. Hell YES, push yourself but also incorporate recovery. If you don’t like to run - don’t. Take up dance, go for a walk, stretch, lift heavy shit... This is your story, no one else’s. Do you.
And keep asking yourself, “why do I workout?” When or if the answer isn’t a positive one - change it up. .
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