DISCOVERING FITNESS DOESN’T HAVE TO BE HARD

BROOKE KINNEY

bskinney10@ole.augie.edu

 

I can point to the exact moment I discovered fitness. I was about 13, and my dad was being a horrible parent and making me do chores. Who does that?

My job was to help my sister feed the cows by dumping corn into a bucket and spreading it in the trough. I guess I didn’t realize corn was so heavy.

Day by day, I lifted the buckets of corn, and, slowly, I stopped complaining how heavy they were. After about a month I could even lift two buckets, one in each hand. Eventually, I didn’t even think about the weight.

I was gaining muscle. I began developing the legendary “guns.” Granted, my biceps would have been classified as squirt guns, but still, it was progress.

That’s what fitness is: working a little bit every day to improve on where you currently are.

Everyone is at a different level in their fitness journey, whether it’s finally working up the motivation to lace up the tennis shoes or having stuck to a routine for awhile. If you haven’t even considered starting this journey, don’t worry – there’s still time.

OK, maybe worry a little bit. You are in your twenties now.

Fitness doesn’t have to be found in the weight room or on a treadmill. You don’t have to lift countless dumbbells in a variety of ways while watching yourself in the mirror, or feel like you have to avoid the treadmill because you struggle with jogging one mile.

You can have a quality workout without even stepping foot in the gym.

There are so many different ways to work out that I won’t bore you with listing the options. What I’m trying to say is that you just need to find what works for you. It may be surfing lessons, trail running, kickboxing, hot yoga, dance lessons, rollerblading or chasing the kids you nanny around the backyard. Exercise doesn’t have to be conventional.

If you really want to make a change, do it. Stop feeling sorry for yourself and figure out a way to make it better.

My advice: Do what makes you happy. Forget about calories, forget about currents trends, forget about fitting into the “perfect-sized” jeans. If you feel good after your workout, then that’s the whole point. You should feel rejuvenated, healthy and honestly ready to take on the world.

There is no pill for being healthy. You can’t take a supplement to avoid heart disease or cancer. Miracle workouts to shed pounds fast don’t exist, but finding something that makes you sweat a little bit, increases your heart rate and makes you feel good about yourself, does.

It might not be easy. In fact, it will probably be tough every day. But if your desire to have a healthier body and life is greater than your desire to be out of shape, unhealthy and unhappy, then it might be a little less hard than you think.

Your discovery of fitness will come, and, if it doesn’t, then you need to make it. Try new things. Go with friends to the exercise class they’re raving about or take a vacation somewhere you can hike, swim, surf, climb.

Experiment with every verb out there until you find a passion that leads you to making your life better and healthier.