One of my favorite things about reading health and fitness blogs is learning about the authors. Especially interesting to me is the paragraph about how they found health and fitness. Some are lifelong athletes who never feel out of love with the gym and sweet taste of sweat. Some (like me) found it after having children. Some were 40- 50- 60- 70 years old-looking to make a life change. Some just put on a pair of sneakers one day and fell in love.
Yesterday as I watched my son’s morning kindergarten lacrosse practice I had to laugh about the different levels of play even at that young of an age. Some kids were aggressive and just knew they wanted the ball, some kids shied away while others casually walked the field rather than run. Obviously even at this young age each person had their own idea about what Lacrosse was for them. Fast forward 5 hours into my day and I’m watching my son’s hockey game. Same thing. And even though small children playing sports might not be the best example of how people find fitness, I thought it was a good reminder of how not everyone finds it at the same time.
Swimming is the one sport, maybe the only sport I’ve ever been above average in. My dad will still tell you the story of me coming home from school and proudly proclaiming I was joining the swim team. His priceless reaction was “you can swim?” It’s a hilarious story because I ended up leaving high school with quite a few school records and even a pool record at a neighboring school. For me I found fitness in the form of chlorine and swim caps. I sometimes regret not swimming in college I had ever intent to do it and even went to a few practices my sophomore year when I realized I missed it. But I couldn’t make it work.
Fast forward a few years and I was giddy over the birth of our first son! So giddy in fact I must have missed the mirrors showing me how unhealthy I had become. We came across photos in our garage this weekend of a shower we had after R was born and my husband was like WHOA I don’t remember you being that big. And truth be told I don’t remember it either.
Around the time of this picture I remember again finding fitness. This time in the form of a treadmill and sneakers. I was tired of waking up sad with NO clothing that fit me and knew I had to make a change. I ran 4 miles a day in those days. They weren’t fast in fact it would take me just over an hour to complete them sometimes longer but I did them. If I could go back and offer myself some advice in those days it would have been what you EAT is just as IMPORTANT as what you run. It’s taken me MANY more years to understand nutrition and how food makes me feel. It’s the one thing I wish I would have realized earlier on.
Now I find fitness ALL over. I run, I swim, I even gasp BIKE sometimes. I will try any and all different types of fitness classes. Why? Because fitness can be found anywhere at anytime.
I’m not a size 2 super model and I’m still working on getting to my goals, so everyday I try to find fitness somewhere.
I had heard all about P90X for years and never took the plunge until a few months ago, and I loved it! I still pop in the DVD’s from time to time and rock out one sweaty mess. Speaking of which tapes and DVD’s… I usually scoff at them. But now with the busyness of summer I’ve rediscovered my love of DVD’s and youtube videos and PopSugarFitness.
I have a friend who swears by kickboxing. She said it makes her feel powerful. I have never kickboxed, it’s just not my cup of tea. But for her, it is her fitness found. She likes the way it makes her feel. And that is the great things about fitness when you find something you love it gives back to you in so many ways. Fitness is good for the soul. Your mind, body and spirit all work together and you leave a great workout feeling accomplished.
I have a running friend who is AMAZING she started running at 32 with some friends at work for fun. Fast forward…. she has run the Boston Marathon more times than I can count and hasn’t seen her old work friends in years. But she credits them with helping her find her passion and her fitness.
For my 6-year-old hockey is his fitness found. Since birth he has had a crazy passion for it. He loves skating, he loves games, he knows every player from every team and their numbers! And while I often think I wish he knew his sight words that well, it’s hard to deny him something he loves so much and has so much passion for. His fitness found is hockey.
I have countless blends (Blogger Friends) who have found a fitness plan that works for them. Some swear by crossfit, or swimming or running or classes or TRX and even just walking everyday with friends. Fitness looks and feels different for everyone. For some it’s a struggle, a battle with themselves to get it done. For others it’s the missing piece of their day.
For me it’s not a casual thing. I’ve had to make it a priority part of my lifestyle to make it work. I still have daily struggles with what I am eating. Cupcakes are not a breakfast food and Ice Cream can’t be dinner, for me. Others can get away with it, maybe even 2 or 3 times a week.
There is no right age or time to get into health and fitness. You can often find me mumbling under my breath when I read about the “fat” 20-year-old college student who had to lose 10 vanity pounds. It’s a bad habit I need to break because she/he is finding their fitness and it happens differently for everyone.
The good new is there is a fitness level for everyone. You can find fitness at many different ages and it can hit you anywhere, anytime. There are no bright blinking lights or banners to let you know you’ve arrived but you’ll know in your heart when you find the fitness for yourself.
Question of the Day: How/When did you find fitness?