Any Body Can Be a Fit Body

Several events in the past week or so have reminded me that many people perceive working out as a miserable chore. A means to an end. An intimidating means to an end, no less. And let me tell ya, I get it! 

Reading books written by fitness gurus, searching the internet, and even reading blogs can make fitness seem confusing and can lead one to believe they’ll never measure up to Blogger X/Fitness Guru Y/Diet Guidelines Z. You might not know where to start, what foods to eat, or even if you want to care about it!

But let me tell you – you can do it, and you need to care about it.

Some claim, between work/school/errands/LIFE, I don’t have enough time to workout. To that I say:

You might be saying, Four percent, schmore percent, I hate the treadmill and I don’t know any other way to work out. To that I say: Take a group fitness class! Classes are offered at gyms and local community centers. Find one. Go.

*No extra cash to spend on a class? Reasonable answer. I’d suggest buying a fitness DVD like Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred (less than $10 online) or 10 Pound Slim Down to get ya started!*

Now you might be thinking, Colleen. Jillian Michaels? Group fitness classes? Maybe waking up earlier than I have been? This sounds miserable. You’re insane. To that I say:

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I don’t have abs. I can’t do a pull-up. I am incapable of sprinting. But I still keep at this thing called fitness because it works! It makes me happy, I maintain a healthy weight, and I feel good. If I can do it, so can you.

If this motivates one person to get off their ass today, I’ll feel fantastic.

Comments

  1. says

    I really think minor changes like waking up an hour earlier or going on a walk/run during lunch instead of going out sometimes SEEM much worse than they really are.

    The toughest part of making the change is the start! I recently started workout out in the mornings before work. This means I have to shower at work. This means I have to pack all my stuff to shower in a bag the night before. The thought of doing that a month ago was horrible. I thought, “omg I’m tired, busy, and stressed as it is…why would I want to add more to that?” Well, now that I do it…I don’t even think about it anymore. It’s a habit. And you know what? being doing with my workout at 8am is a GREAT feeling.

    I hate the act of exercising, but how I feel after is indescribable. If you don’t think exercising will make a positive impact on your life, then you’ve never exercised. I suggest just getting out there and trying it!

  2. Kathryn says

    You would have motivated me to do a hard core workout, but hey, I’m 34 weeks pregnant and that’s just not going to happen! Hope you’re enjoying Richmond!!

  3. says

    “I don’t have abs. I can’t do a pull-up. I am incapable of sprinting. But I still keep at this thing called fitness because it works! It makes me happy, I maintain a healthy weight, and I feel good. If I can do it, so can you.” <—-THIS is so amazing. Not everyone has to look like Jillian Michaels to be considered fit and not everyone has the same fitness goals. Jillian's DVDs are a great place to start for anyone, I agree.

    • Colleen says

      Thanks, girl! I agree – not everyone is going to look the same. I like to think I’m pretty fit – but I’ll never have a rock hard stomach. EVER. It’s just not in the cards for me. It was pretty liberating the day I accepted that. ;)

  4. says

    Hey stranger!! I’m playing catch up with your blog now….

    I have been in the biggest blogging/fitness/twitter funk for a few weeks and it’s pretty much because I got overwhelmed and psyched out over how easy so many people make it all seem while I feel like I struggle to start anything and feel confident enough with my results (i.e-working out, blogging and networking).

    Thanks for the post and motivation to get over this and just be me.

    • Colleen says

      I know what it’s like to be in a funk, only to read that every.other.blogger in the world has worked out, eaten healthy, and looked pretty every day of the week. It’s depressing. I often just write my own stuff and take “vacations” from reading other blogs. It helps! Glad you’re back and feeling better!! xo :)

    • Colleen says

      Exactly! Every time I compare myself to someone else, I fail. But when I just focus on myself, it’s so much more rewarding!

  5. says

    Great post! I was going to exercise after I have my breakfast but I will now do it without reservations. :) LOVE that 4% quote! Will definitely pin it.

  6. says

    I used to really be an “all or nothin’” kinda gal, and recently I’ve been taking the “nothin’” all too seriously and have ended up feeling gross and sad. Recently, I’ve decided to take the initiative and whenever I don’t feel like pounding the pavement for a run, or feeling the weight lifting burn, I have decided to lace up my sneaks, strap on the Garmin, and go for a walk! I always come back feeling really really great! My feet even hurt from walking so much. This way I feel like I’ve done my body good, improved my mood, and lessened the chance for exercise burnout or couch potato syndrome!

  7. Kate says

    Although I do agree that the “I have no time to workout” excuse is lame…it really takes more than an hour for an hour’s worth of workout. If you factor in the time it takes to shower afterwards and the travel time to and from the gym that can be a nearly 3 hour task. That’s almost 13% of your day. If you factor in 8 hours a day for sleep and another 8 hours a day for work you only have 8 hours left in your day. So, a one hour workout that can take about 3 hours to complete is really more like 37.5% of your day! Perhaps this is why I haven’t been very good about getting to the gym lately! If I thought more like you I think I would be more successful…

    • Colleen says

      Hey, Kate! You make great points. Yes, an hour workout can take more time out of your day than simply 60 minutes. But if you only have an hour to spare, I’d suggest taking a 20 minute jog around your neighborhood or using an at-home fitness DVD to eliminate travel time. While I don’t think “if you thought more like” me you’d be successful, I do agree that fitness is 99% percent mental. If one CAN physically do SOMETHING the only real obstacle to overcome is a negative thought process. If a person wants to attain fitness, they will. Like they say, if there’s a will there’s a way! Best of luck to you!

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