I wasn’t a sporty person growing up and my only exposure to exercise were aerobics classes that one went to to lose weight.
Fast forward 20+ years and endless gym memberships that I stopped using after a few months, I have an “allergy” to group exercise classes where everything is done in synchro. I know these things are very popular right now – spinning, Rebel 1, Barry’s Bootcamp, Les Mills, etc. For me though they bring back the voice in my head that says “You’re here because you’re fat. You’re here to lose weight. You’re here to burn as many calories as you can.”
I therefore do my own thing and the stuff I do is ‘sport’ to me, it’s not exercise. At no point does it make me think about calories or how I should be smaller.
Take Crossfit, for example, it’s just fun functional stuff – it’s picking up things, pulling things, pushing things, jumping, running, rowing, climbing, lifting. There are some smaller movements sometimes for activating muscles needed for these activities, but in general there are no bicep curls, no half pullups, no half push ups, no synchronised situps or jumping around or swinging limbs up and down and sideways.
Take running – it’s not possible to run a half marathon and think about how many calories you burned. Instead, I think about what a badass I am for having just run a distance like that! And while I’m training I don’t think about calories either, I think about getting faster, getting stronger / more resilient, having fun.
Similarly, when I rock climb or swim, I do it because it’s fun and I get a kick out of learning new things and getting more skilled and/or stronger.
It’s so easy to jump on the bandwagon of whatever’s the cool thing and sometimes I feel bad for turning down invites to what the ‘cool kids’ do, but I just can’t… just because everyone is doing it, it doesn’t mean it’s for you.
You find your own thing. You do your own thing.
My sister mentioned to me a while ago that she can’t go back to body pump because she’s not lean enough, that you have to be really lean to go to these classes because everyone else is. Dios mio. That just does not sound right. That just does not sound like a healthy environment to get fit.
So I’m gonna do my own thing. And my own thing doesn’t require me to be ‘less’, it just requires me to be present and to give it my best go and to have fun.
Here’s a video of climbing. It’s another fun thing I do that doesn’t feel like exercise and that doesn’t make me feel fat – it makes me feel strong and capable instead and you never know when amazing grip strength will come in handy in real life! (I watch too many action movies with my kids)
Over and out.
Do your own thing.