Do what YOU love!

We’re taking a food break today to talk a little bit about exercise.

Do what YOU love - Food Faith Fitness

When I say “exercise” what do ya’ll think of? Your first thoughts were probably not “SO MUCH FUN!” am I right?  Today I want to change that conception. 

I fully believe in regular exercise to keep you body and mind healthy BUT I also think exercise should be an enjoyable experience. I find too many people get caught up in doing what they “should” do and then don’t try other things that they may enjoy a lot more.  For example: I hate running.  I used to run. A lot. BUT, I dreaded it. I hated absolutely every single moment of my life while I ran.  I always heard about that “runners high” that you get after a good, long run but I was too busy hating my life to experience it.  I was just always under the misconception that I needed to run to be the healthiest Taylor possible. Then, I found weight training and fell in <3.  I mean, there are days that I just don’t feel like doing it, but I usually love every minute of it. 

What I am trying to get at here is that you should try a lot of varieties of activity until you find something that YOU enjoy. Don’t keep doing what people tell you is best. Maybe you have been wanting to try a Zumba class, but you feel like you shouldn’t because someone told you that it isn’t ‘hard’ enough, and you need to lift heavy stuff and sprint like a crazy person to see results. But, exercise isn’t JUST about getting results physically, although that definitely plays a part.

 It needs to be something that actually nourishes your mind and gives you enjoyment.  I guarantee you will get more results from doing something that you like than doing what you “should” do, as it’s actually something that is maintainable if it is enjoyed.  Doing something that you hate will only burn you out and there is a good chance you’ll quit.  It’s hard to get results from something that you aren’t doing right?

So, I just wanted to encourage you to try things. Live life. Enjoy being active. You don’t have to dread it. I promise you, if you just branch out, you will find something that you love.

Comments

  1. says

    I couldn’t agree more with everything you’ve said here. I’ve gone through times where I’ve forced myself to do the same mindless workout week-in and week-out and it does not a happy girl make. In fact, I feel like forcing exercise upon yourself can be almost as bad as not exercising, which is why it is so important to do activities that make your brain scream “MORE!!” Thanks for the reminder to myself and everyone else that life is for the living, and enjoying it through activity is so important!! Have a fun weekend, lady!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Thanks friend! I am glad that you agree! And I SO agree that forcing exercise on yourself is almost as bad as not doing it!

  2. says

    Yes! This is so true…not just for working out, but for everything. Life is too short to spend it being miserable. You have to do what makes you happy. Not everybody has the blessing or privilege of making choices that lead to happiness. But I do, and I keep reminding myself of that. Sometimes every day. Sometimes every minute. Sometimes I forget….and it inevitably ends badly. Thanks so much for this post, love it!

    • Taylor Kiser says

      Exactly! SO glad that you got the message of the post and that you enjoyed it!! Happy Friday Annie!

  3. Shira G. says

    Couldn’t agree more!! Plus…if you exercise doing something you love (or even just like a lot) you can sneak in that donut every now and then and not feel guilty about it! Double win!!

  4. says

    So happy you found what works for you!! I actually love running, but after my knee started acting up a month and a half ago, I haven’t been able to. I’ve been trying to do a combo of cardio/strength for my legs, but… It’s just not the same. I’ve come to enjoy it, but it’s not the same as running. I need to get the docs to check out my knee so I can get back to it!

    P.S. I still love my kettlebell days though! :)

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