don't sweat it

don't sweat it
 photo by jill banach

photo by jill banach

Our society has lead us to believe that we need to be in a gym lifting weights to be getting a good workout. There’s so much pressure to “fit in” a workout throughout the day. But we have the opportunity to move our bodies all the time in our day to day lives. As long as we’re using our bodies, we’re doing great!

Try using the stairs instead of using the elevator if you can. Or park your car at the back of the parking lot. Maybe even walk more places in general. Or take your dog for a walk! Or suggest to your friends to go on a hike instead of watching a movie. Exercise comes in all forms and doesn’t have to be as conventional as we make it out to be.

Titling it “working out” gets to be intimidating for some people. It makes people dread it, and so they avoid it all together. But being active is a privilege and a blessing. If you are healthy, you should be grateful to be able to utilize it. I think of being strong as a key to independence. It’s not about how you look or how many calories you burn; it’s about feeling good about yourself and treating your body with respect. Being strong gives us such power!

People complain that they’re too busy to schedule in time to go to the gym, but remember that you can incorporate little things into your day to get you moving. Start to reflect on where you are throughout the day and think of ways to get out there and be active!

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