After many years of being passionate about fitness, I have come to one over-arching conclusion: Follow a fitness regime that you enjoy. Not that which is in vogue, or that which your friends are doing, or the one that helps you burn maximum calories. After all fitness is not a short-term journey. It’s a life long commitment, that each one of us needs to stick to.
Fitness should be as much part of our lives as brushing our teeth, or eating. But what do you think motivates us to exercise regularly? Is it so that we can lose weight? Or so that we can stay fit and healthy? Or is it something that is fun and enjoyable? I believe it’s a bit of all these.
But over the years I have realised one very important aspect about fitness regimes. We should follow an exercise form that we enjoy doing. This I say out of sheer experience.
My DH is a passionate runner and I took to running inspired by him. This was sometime in 2010, when not many people in India were running. I used to go to marathons to cheer the DH and I was floored by the burst of energy and euphoria that surrounded the event. It was then that I was bitten by the running bug. Running is also a great cardio work out. But as I started running, I realised it did not come to me naturally. I was a slow runner; slower than most people. I would get bored and I did not enjoy the experience or the process of it. It was fun only when I ran with someone and had company. And because I was a slow runner I felt demotivated as I could not keep up with running in company as well. I participated in a few 10k marathons. But each time I tried registering for a 21 K, I ended up stressing myself out no end or like a jinx or a sign an injury would crop up, telling me not to take it further. As time passed by I realised running had become more stressful than fun for me. Though I must add here that I also carry with me some very precious memories of my running days.
Now to cut a long story short, on my DH’s insistence I stopped running and brought my focus back to what I always enjoyed doing. Cycling. Though I do not burn as many calories when I cycle as I did while running, but it is so much more fun. It’s something I have loved doing as a child, and I continue to include it as part of my fitness regime. That apart I love Yoga, but it doesn’t tone my body type, so I stick to strength training workouts thrice a week, which are fun and I like the challenge they come with. Nothing like a long-held plank, or a good set of nicely done burpees.When we follow our passion our lives become so much more meaningful, exciting and joyous. Click To Tweet
I now totally enjoy these my fitness regimes. I also brisk walk on some days with my girlfriends. But cycling is my passion, my first love. I would ask each one of you to follow your passion in life, and do what you enjoy doing most. And yes, you know that goes for your exercise regime too.
When we follow our passion our lives become so much more meaningful, exciting and joyous. Don’t you think so?
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