Why I work out... a new realization.
As I clung on to the boulder at 4:35 today I had a huge realization of why I love (and also hate) working out. I just got off a long work day at the cafe and was already strung out. Still I mounted my bike and rode to the climbing gym. I knew I needed it and part of me wanted it, but I "didn't feel like it". I wasn't even sure if I was going to climb, run, lift weights, or do push-ups, all I knew is I was going to put all my efforts and mind to what I was going to do no matter what. A few days ago I was browsing a runners blog and something I read surprised me. She said that "even though i love running, I only really love it 50% of the time, but it always puts me in a better mood afterward." It surprised me because, well, I feel exactly the same way! Somehow, in the end of every workout, I feel like a completely different person. My mind is clearer, my body feels stronger, and I'm just a whole lot livelier. Weather I'm skiing on the mountain or surfing in the ocean it is my purpose in life to be active.
I've come to realize that I stop thinking about my insecurities or stress about work. I don't have time to sit and dwell about all my problems while I'm working out and in the end I feel truly invincible.
Now, this does bring another minute problem into the picture. The days I don't work out, I slowly slip into boredom and slight depression. I feel like I have no purpose so I end up doing nothing. This make my mood go up and down severely and it actually raises stress which impairs my health.
What I really need is a workout routine that will best fit in with works and school. Part of having this "me time" is being able to enjoy it with a clear mind. I can't stand not being active, and even though I can't go climbing in yosemite every day (though I wish I could) I need to start taking more care on my body's needs and stay true to myself.
What do you do to stay active? is there any trick you have to getting a routine and sticking to it?
Thank you for listening!