I just finished one of the funnest workouts that I've had in a while, and it got me thinking...Man, working out is boring. Isn't it? I do everything possible to mix it up, because really, for as boring as it can be, I still love it. I love how exercise makes me feel, I love enjoying the sense of accomplishment when I'm done, and really, I think there's a little boy in me that just likes to sweat! I hadn't worked out for two days until today, and while a part of me didn't really miss it, there was an even larger part of me that just didn't feel right about it. I felt lazy and blah! (Especially after eating those BBQ ribs on the 4th of July!)
Being active is very much a part of me, but for as much as I work out, I do get bored with it frequently. Seriously, I'm that girl in the gym watching the TV, reading my Kindle and listening to music on my iPhone while working out on the treadmill. No shame. I get bored, and I do whatever I can to keep myself going. But even with all of that, I feel like I've been stuck in a rut lately that no workout can pull me out of. Sure, I take my advice...I try completely different things and challenge myself in new ways, but at the end of the day? Still bored! It's frustrating, because I know that there are a million and one ways to stay active and engaged, but at the same time, I'd be lying if I told you that I don't get sick of trying all the time. The question of what I'm going to do today for my workout is one that I dread almost on a daily basis, and it seems like there is never a right answer lately! Nothing sounds interesting, and it's way too easy to just blow it off and talk myself out of working out all together. Especially when it seems like my diet dictates my weight 90 percent of the time!
Speaking of my diet, I'm also carrying an extra 5, 10 pounds on me right now that I'm really unhappy about. I actually put on a pair of jeans that I haven't worn in a while (ones that I had to wear a belt with just 6 months ago), and they were definitely tight. So tight, I don't think I'll be able to wear them again if I gain any more weight! This is frustrating, of course, but the most irritating part about it is that I'm gaining weight despite the fact that I'm physically active at least 4 times a week! It all comes back to my diet, I know. I've been snacking way more than usual, and I can't seem to get it under control. My diet really is a neverending struggle for me, unfortunately.
Anyway, back to today. I went to the doctor a few days ago complaining about some hip pain. I've actually dealt with this pain for years, and have never done anything about it. However, I can tell that it's getting worse, so I thought I'd finally get my stuff together and do what I can to get rid of it. The doctor told me that I needed to chill out with the high impact workouts; stick with low impact exercises like swimming, biking, elliptical, etc., and only do these activities for about 20 minutes at a time to minimize the inflammation. I'm also on a high dose of Ibuprofen for the next ten days. Given my dr.'s advice, I went to the gym with plans to do 20 minutes on either the elliptical or the stair master, and then fill the next 10, 15 minutes with weights and other exercises that won't strain my hips. I spent twenty minutes on the stairmaster, but instead of staying the extra ten to do weights in front of other people at the gym, I decided to go home and just do it on my own.
When I got home, I started blaring my favorite song on repeat, and I just started dancing. I had plans to get serious about my weights, but then, I realized that I was having much more fun moving this way! I know it sounds totally dorky, but at the same time, it felt good! It felt good not to have to follow anyone else, watch the clock or repeat the same set three times...to throw the book out of the window and just go with it. I had fun, and after dancing for about 4 songs, I realized that I had easily just gotten in that extra 10, 15 minutes of activity that I needed after my brief 20 minutes on the stairmaster.
Once I finished my workout, I sat down and started writing this post immediately, while I felt particularly inspired. Because while all of the workouts that I post here on Mondays can be really effective, I think it's important to concede that it's okay to throw the rule book out the window sometimes. Side note: This whole thing kind of reminds me of that episode of "Friends," where Phoebe runs like a crazed little kid through the park, and Rachel is really embaressed by her at first. But in the end, they both have more fun running around like little kids, so they stop caring what other people think and just do what feels good! Personally, I don't think anything beats a good private dance sesh in your living room. Just me, my iTunes, and a couple of mildly scared cats watching me jump and dance around to my favorite songs.
Bridal Fitness on Paper is a weekly blog series posted every Monday, where I share and review a wide variety of cardio and resistance training workouts, both inside the gym and out. Bridal Fitness on Paper is meant to help guide brides along their weight loss journey all the way to the altar and beyond! All of the reviews posted are based on my own experience; I am not a fitness or nutrition professional. If you're curious about a specific workout, and you'd like for me to review it, please do leave a comment below or feel free to send me an email at Sarah - at - apaperproposal - dot - com.