I came across this blog post the other day and I really appreciated the message from the blogger, Brynn over at Wellfesto. I’ve been thinking about writing a post like this for a while, but it was just something I never got around to doing. And then I came across her post. I haven’t written a post about running or exercise in a while, so I thought I’d just share this post from her with you and mention the points that I really felt were most powerful (to me, anyway).
Brynn starts her story by telling about a recent exercise class where the instructor was trying to motivate the students by saying, “Come on! Get that body ready for your winter beach vacation! Think about how you want to look at those holiday parties! PICTURE HOW YOU’LL LOOK IN THAT DRESS!”
She goes on to mention 10 things she wants her daughter to know about working out. I don’t have children, but I hope when I do that I can teach them the importance of exercise in their life…not to look great in a dress (or swimsuit), but to lead a healthy and full life. It’s not about that number on your scale, but more about how you feel and your overall health.
I run, exercise and now spin because I really enjoy these things. I look forward to them and, like Brynn’s sixth point on her list, I think it’s a great stress reliever. There’s nothing like sweating it out to have time to think and come back to your work or home life more energized and ready to tackle anything.
Speaking of energy, if I work out on a day when I am tired, I still end up feeling more energized. I don’t work out every day, and frankly, my knees can’t take pounding the pavement 6 days a week anymore. But when I do go out for a few miles or to the gym for an hour, that’s my time. It’s time to “relax”, if you will. Time to think. Time to recharge. And I often get my best ideas for work during my workouts.
Another point of Brynn’s that really resonated with me is #8: If you feel beautiful, you look beautiful. It’s really not about what anyone else thinks. It’s not about competing with other people. Working out and being ok with who you are will make you feel good. And when you feel good, others will see the same. I learned this early on from my own mother. She never talked about my weight, how much I ate, how much (or little) I exercised growing up. Yes, I was active and played sports, etc., but I had those awkward years just like any other teenager. Did I get past them? Yes. And I am happy to say that I was not constantly worried about that number on the scale or fitting into that dress size that the media or my peers thought was the “right” size.
I do the things I enjoy doing and try to maintain a healthy lifestyle as much as possible. I think it’s important to find some form of exercise you like and stick to it. I hope, like Brynn, that I can pass this type of lifestyle on to my own children one day. Number 5 really sums it up for me, so I’ll just paste it here in case you don’t want to read the whole post:
“5. Health begets health. Healthy behavior inspires healthy behavior. Exercise. Healthy eating. Solid sleep. Positive relationships. These things are all related.”
I completely agree. And I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I’m not saying I have it all together, but this is something I think worth striving for in life. At the very least, I hope it’s the mentality that I can pass on one day.
Just as I was sitting down to write this post, I saw this image on my Facebook feed…and I thought, “Yep! That’s right.” haha 😉
What did you think about Brynn’s post on Wellfesto?