Actually being in great physical condition and simply appearing to be are two entirely different stories. I’ve always been more on the slim or dragonfly-weight side- never dieted, never trained. I crossed ages, more or less, in size 8 until my daughter was born. And as for strength & conditioning, I spent the first two years post-baby doing the “mom” workout- strengthening my arm and thigh muscles while going grocery shopping and conditioning the grip on the stroller. While it may not seem like an intense workout regimen, looking back, those were the days I could claim my condition to be good for my body and piles of photos taken at that time can vouch.
As time passed, in an effort to get in great shape, I joined gym for a second and even bought a swimming pass. But because inconsistency was my best mate, I quit. Whenever I was on the toning wagon, it seemed I had never really grasped the opportunity with all the tendons concerned. While doing a little at a time is better than nothing, for most of us, when it comes to exercise we expect great, visible results- not average- in order to stick with it and stay motivated!
To get results and stay motivated, this body needs guidance and a great view. So I’m on a mission to team up with the natural beauty that my coast has to offer! I’m a pathetic runner but have the potential to be an excellent walker. Years of traipsing around town have laid the foundations on the way to more than just a casual stroll. So a quick look at the weather forecast and my training shoes were introduced to a surface other than my carpeted floors.
Without a pedometer or any kind of calorie/distance tracking, my first time walking for exercise was more fun than a proper workout. However, I still managed to walk at a regular pace, adjusting my breath with my step, ensuring my heart rate was slightly elevated, and remembering all the muscles that I had forgotten about.
As with most exercise, I ached all over after the first go and still am still sore at times but overall, I feel energized and happy. I like to call it pleasantly exhausted. To stay motivated, I like to find different routes offering different challenges and a change of scenery- a sandy beach, pebbly path, windy dune. I’d love to try to walk in different weather conditions too! Strong winds or even rain to challenge my new-found body. I’m on a mission!
Walking for exercise can be fun and even provide a great workout (and what a nice excuse for foot massage). I’m lucky to be living at the seaside so my routes are challenging while the views lift my spirits for extra motivation.
What are some of your favorite ways to stay motivated and in shape? Walking, running, lifting, Crossfit? I’d love to hear some of your favorite workouts in the comments below!