Find Your “Why”

I’m a naturally competitive person. I always have been.

I used to compete in highland dancing, archery, running, bodybuilding, figure, as well as non-physical competitions of writing, photography and art. My husband also recognizes this and has suggested competing again in figure or running but as I don’t want to get into another eating disorder trap, I refuse to compete in figure or any institution that puts my physique against others.

Earlier this morning, my husband sent me an article about a person whom he thought I could relate to: Kirin Hart

Her and I have been through a lot of the same things over the years – the main exception being kids and divorce that she’s been through that I haven’t.

As I was perusing her IG page, I saw lots of videos of both indoor rock climbing and ninja warrior obstacle training. I commented to my husband that I wondered if there was an indoor rock climbing place in town – after all, it’s a big city! We did indoor rock climbing back on VI and we loved it so much we went out and got proper shoes! It’s been a while since we’ve done it, but it was mostly because the climbing gym we were doing it at changed the belay system and we just never became certified.

So when I asked hubby about a local gym, he did some looking and found a place… that also offers ninja warrior training, has an obstacle you can play on, and even has a competitive league!!!

Now THIS is my type of motivation!

I’ve shown an interest in Crossfit but I know that type of competition I would injure myself knowing the type of workouts they do.

The difference I find with Crossfit and Ninja Warrior training is Crossfit seems to be pure strength and endurance. Ninja Warrior training is strength, endurance, agility, and lots of functional training. There’s lots that they do that would scare the crap out of me and would make me doubt my ability.

And THAT is what is more important to me: challenging myself and overcoming fear and doubt. Becoming mentally and physically strong. Getting more confident.

When you’re thinking about getting physically stronger, look around. It doesn’t have to be getting a traditional gym membership. It’s not about lifting weights and spending hours on the cardio equipment – well, it’s never been about cardio for me. There are so many options out there that are more on the fun side of fitness.

Think of things like:

  • pole fitness: strength, flexibility, endurance, agility, cardio
  • Belly Dance: flexibility, coordination, body awareness, core
  • kayaking: arm strength, cardio, being outside, core
  • Paddle boarding: arm strength, cardio, being outside, balance
  • Running: cardio, endurance, heart health, being outside
  • hiking: cardio, endurance, stress reduction, being outside
  • Dance – salsa, mambo, cha-cha, swing….: cardio, endurance, core, connection with your partner
  • Yoga: strength, flexibility, mind-body connection, calming
  • Martial Arts/Boxing: cardio, endurance, strength, confidence/self defense, mental fortitude

There’s so many more options out there to get active. Look at your local community centers for classes or if you have a gym membership, see what they have to offer. If you’re uncomfortable doing classes in public, look online for places that have classes you can do from your home.

I believe – and always will – that every single person should exercise somehow. The important thing is finding something you really enjoy that doesn’t feel like “working out”. When you find something you really enjoy, you’re more likely to keep it up.

One study I heard about is that it’s better to be overweight/obese and getting exercise, than to be a normal weight and sedentary.

Because exercise is so, SO much more than physical shape.

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