Have you ever lost your motivation to work out? I feel most people lose motivation to exercise at one point or another. I’m slowly easing back into it and getting my exercise groove back.
Prior to being chronically ill, I was training and running half marathons and regularly doing some yoga in between. I lived walking distance to central park and this glorious park was my motivation to run. I spent every Saturday morning running 4-6 miles.
Then I was ill, and exercise wasn’t feasible anymore. Not only was the illness depressing, but not being able to run was depressing. It was my solace in this exhausting city and it was taken away from me just like that.
Slowly, I started to regain my health but my body needed all the fighting power it could get and sadly my doctor told me, “no cardio.” Lightweights and stretching only. I had no interest in these activities so settled for walks instead. While walks didn’t give me the endorphins that running did, it did help me feel more balanced spending quiet time outdoors.
My body overtime lost its tone and while I’ve never been overweight, I just don’t feel as strong as I once did. I’m still not allowed to do a ton of cardio but I’ve decided to give this weights thing a go. My upper body has never been particularly strong and this would be my new challenge.
To put the state of my endurance into perspective, I started with 3 lb weights and just started to work my way up to 5 lb weights. I switch back and forth depending on what exercise I am doing. Mostly arm weights, squats, and lunges to build muscle.
It’s taking me a little while to find my routine. I had trouble showing up consistently but I’m slowly seeing results and it’s motivating me to keep going.
Sometimes you don’t have to dive right in, but easing your way in and going at your own pace is still a step in the right direction.