find your [fitness] thing

How many people do you know who strive for a sedentary lifestyle in which they are unhealthy? Personally, I know zero. I do know people who live unhealthy sedentary lifestyles, but to say that those people strive for that or are proud of it would be inaccurate. Deep down we all feel better about ourselves when we exercise regularly. So why is it so hard to keep up the routine sometimes? What keeps us from bettering ourselves?

I would venture to say that when exercise feels this way, when it feels like a chore, it's because you haven't found your "thing". What "thing" is this, you ask? It's that workout that you finish sweat dripping, muscles shaking, knowing you just gave it 110%, and you can't wait to come back for more. It's the workout that you look forward to instead of dread, no matter how difficult it is. It's the workout that you do in your sleep (or maybe that's just me). It's the workout that becomes a mandatory part of your life.

It took me five days shy of 27 full years of life to find my "thing", but my perspective on fitness and its role in my life has changed drastically since that day. The thought of being inactive, of going two consecutive days without that lift, tone, burn gives me the sads big time.

So go out and find your fitness thing. It's not going to be the same for everyone, but I'm convinced that there is something out there for everyone. Try running, yoga, barre, crossfit, spinning, pilates, zumba, or even a long walk with a friend. Try all of the fitness things until you find the one that speaks to you. Once you find it, I promise you'll never look back.

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