It’s old news for those of you who were “A” team volleyball players in middle school, but my life has entered a radical new stage. Gym going. Every day.
This is a giant step for me. I’m not afraid to admit it: I’m one of those “my-athletic-career-ended-on-the-7th-grade-volleyball-C team-in-shame-and-embarrassment.” A.K.A not athletic. I had a bit of redemption in college though, and cultivated my love for dancing, gymnastics, swimming, and *sigh* yoga. But once I graduated out into the real world, where you have to PAY for a gym membership (really?!) I didn’t invest much in my physical fitness.
Then I realized that neglecting that area of my life would eventually cause other areas of my life to suffer. I read a book at the beginning of the year that challenged me to live with all areas of my life in harmony. This quote changed something inside me:
“We are quick to buy into programs that promise to help us make money, lose weight, or strengthen our relationships. Eventually, we give up on these programs when they conflict with other aspects of our lives. You may notice how an intense focus on one area can actually be detrimental to your overall well being. It might seem easier to treat the critical areas in our lives (career, social, financial, physical, and community) as if they are independent and unrelated, but they’re not. They are interdependent.” -Tom Rath, Wellbeing
So in truth, if I let all the areas of my life exist in harmony with each other, I’d greatly improve my well being. Challenge accepted. Oh wait, physical fitness too? What’s a pale white girl to do? Get over your fear of awkwardly falling off a treadmill and join a gym. :)
SO proud to say I’ve gone to our gym, Pure Austin Fitness, every day since joining two weeks ago. Why every day, you ask? Well, I just know that if the gym becomes a place where I’m familiar and comfortable, I’ll be more likely to continue going. So I committed to going every day for the first month. And I’m loving it so far and happy to report there have been no awkward falls off a treadmill…yet. :)
All this fitness talk has got me thinking about the Olympics. Can’t wait, London 2012!