4 things I learned from working out

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Let’s be real, working out doesn’t come naturally for everyone. I have to confess, I’m actually one of those people who has a hard time getting them selves to the gym, specially if the weather is not super nice out there. So, it was not until recently, that I found (finally) some exercise routine that I actually enjoy and feel motivated to do. (God bless my Barre Instructor!) I’ve discovered that working out at least 3 times a week it’s beneficial not only for my physical health, but also for my emotional health and stress levels. 

Today I can proudly say, that it has been more than half of year since I’ve started working out on a regular basis, and I feel great physically and emotionally.  

Not too long ago, I discovered this Barre and Pilates Studio in my city, before this I’ve never done either barre, pilates or yoga, but I decided to give it a try. I was actually in normal gyms in the past, but let’s say it was not my best experience, because of many reasons I was not motivated at all, and then at the end I was always paying the membership and not going there at all. So, I decided that I needed to find something that would motivate me, and then I discovered Barre and Pilates. I seriously, can talk for hours about the reasons why I love my barre and pilates classes! But I will leave that for a different post. 

Let’s talk about the things I’ve learn about working out in a regular basis. 

  1. Working out reduces stress and depression - When I started working out, it was when I was working full time on a job that I didn’t really enjoy. And even though I was always super exhausted after work, I kind of forced my self to go to my class in the evening, I knew I was going to feel better afterwards. And indeed, after feeling so stressed and sometimes even frustrated, sad or depressed because of my current situation at work, working out always gave my some clarity of mind and for some reason I always end up feeling better after class. There’s something about that one hour long class, that makes me focus on the moment, just breathe and relax.  
  2. Love yourself!- Working out in a regular basis has made me more aware of myself and taking care of my self. It has made me realize how important is to set apart that hour a day for myself. Now, I see it as a gift for my self, for my health, and for my emotional state. And because of my decision of working out now I’m more careful on what I eat, and on living a more healthy lifestyle. 
  3. Discipline- Well let’s say discipline is not my strongest asset, but being enrolled in a studio where I get penalized with a fee if I don’t show up or cancel last minute, has definitely helped to develop some kind of discipline. Sometimes, because of the weather or many other reasons I don’t want to go to class, but having to pay this fee doesn’t give me other option but to go. Honestly, I find this helpful, and now I know that even if is raining outside I have to go class, not only because of the fee, but also because I’ve learn the importance of discipline. 
  4. it keeps me positive, motivated and confident - I’m not saying I have a model-body, not at all, but working out has made me want to achieve goals regarding my eating habits, small things like wearing that strapless dress or that bikini I wouldn’t dare because I was feel self-councious. After working out for some time, I feel like I’m getting closer to my goals, it has allowed me to set goals, push myself and trust myself. 

Overall, I think there’s only positive things about working out and having an exercise routine that motivates you. Find what you like, whether is spinning, cardio, pilates, yoga, or any type of exercise that you enjoy doing, I promise it will be one of the best decision you can make.  

Can you think of any other positive things about working out?