I started going to the gym about three years ago. Before that I tried a bunch of different work outs like yoga, running and rope jumping. For me, going to the gym was a more effective way to work out and I felt I could mix my work outs up a little more. But lately I’ve gotten pretty sick and tired of my fitness routine.
I don’t think I’m the only one feeling this way – I feel like there’s a shift happening where people are looking for something else besides weight lifting. This fitness craze has been going on for years now, but people are now realizing what I really takes to become as ‘ripped’ as some of the fitness bloggers and Instagrammers. It takes a lot of intense exercise and a drastic change in diet. Is it really worth it?
Well to me it’s not. I think it’s important to exercise for health reasons and I also think it’s important to maintain a healthy weight. But I don’t think it’s healthy to starve yourself or stuff yourself with animal protein and spend every day at the gym squatting and deadlifting until you’re as ‘lean’ as you can be.
Exercising is healthy
I think that the fitness craze is slowly fading (please comment below if you think I’m wrong!) but that doesn’t mean people will stop exercising. I think the ‘health’ craze is here to stay. People now realize the importance of eating healthy and working out – and this won’t blow over any time soon. However, I do feel like people want to have more fun. There aren’t many people who enjoy (I mean really enjoy) spending every free hour at the gym and eat oatmeal prepared with water, drink protein shakes and cut out all sugar, fat and alcohol. Because that’s what it supposedly takes to get ‘fit’.
Don’t get me wrong – I need to exercise. I get antsy when I don’t exercise. But I’m getting really sick and tired of going to the gym, using the same machines, doing the same exercises, in front of the same mirror. I change my routine every few weeks, so I do really try to keep it interesting. But there must be more fun ways to exercise than doing leg presses, dumbbell rows or grunting in a squat rack.
More fun ways to exercise
This blog post isn’t just a rant about how sick and tired I am of going to the gym. I am actually finding new ways to exercise to satisfy my out-of-the-gym craving. First, I bought a hula-hoop and it’s the best thing I’ve bought all year. I bought it at a large health and fitness event earlier this year, from two pretty, ripped blonde girls who told me they hula-hooped only 10 minutes a day. It’s hard at first, but it quickly gets easier – and it’s SO much fun. Also, it’s so convenient, you can do it anywhere! In front of the TV, while reading a book, or anywhere outside. Whenever I don’t feel like going to the gym, I just grab my hula-hoop.
Second, I started attending more classes at my gym. I always felt they were for the non-hard-core-gym-goers but I don’t feel that way anymore. Some of those classes are no joke and are much more intense than my weight lifting routines. I especially love doing yoga and Pilates. Pilates is more leg, butt and core-focused, while yoga makes me feel calm and well-stretched. Also, I never sleep better than after a yoga class.
The next thing I’m going to try is swimming and some Youtube workouts. I’ve been reading about those on other blogs and apparently there are some great ones out here (please leave a link if you know any great ones!) and since the days are getting darker and colder, not having to leave my home to work out sounds pretty appealing. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the gym yet – it has given me some pretty great years and my weight has stayed pretty constant (and I eat A LOT). I understand the importance of exercising, but I also feel like it should be more fun. On that note: I am DYING to go to a trampoline park, I can’t think of a more fun way to exercise. There’s one near my house and it’s something I’ll definitely be trying real soon!