Because we aren’t all made equal…
My lifestyle is somewhat erratic. On any given day I could be bouncing from meeting to meeting, bogged down with emails galore at my desk, or feeling on top of the world as I am finally on top of my workload and have some time to spare for myself. As someone who is constantly on the go, I often find it hard to make a little time to get out and exercise – and I know I am not the only one to use this excuse to compensate for the amount of exercise I do or don’t do. Now, I am not going to harp on about how you should be going to the gym for at least an hour every day because, let’s face it, I am definitely not one to talk. I am not here to tell you what exercise you should be doing to reach your fitness goals either – that is what personal trainers are for, not fashion bloggers who admit to knowing nothing about exercise unless it is in the dance/yoga arena. But, I can sit here and tell you to find a form of exercise that works for you. I am an expert in that field.
Not everyone is cut out for a gruelling weight session at 5.30am every morning, and some people need more than just a few stair climbs to feel like they have done sufficient exercise for that session. I am the type of girl who fits in yoga or pilates where I can, and bends/stretches/balances whenever the time and situation permits, but most definitely will pass on the 10km run or high intensity interval training. I don’t have a training schedule, but then again, I don’t have a very routine life either. My point is, I exercise where and when I can and enjoy doing so. Sometimes I compare myself to others around me and on social media, and I fear that I am not doing enough, but at the end of the day, I know deep down that I am happy with how I currently look and feel. With such a huge media focus on health and healthy lifestyles, I think it is easy to lose sight of what we are actually doing for ourselves, the attempts that we are making and how the exercise we are doing is making us feel, all for the ideals that we are bombarded with every day.
So if you are the girl who loves their hour long gym session every day, hats off to you. If you are putting in hours at the gym and on a strict diet while sculpting your body for a body building competition, I admire your determination. If you are the woman who fits in 3 short 15 minute exercises during the day using things you found around the house (for some great ideas on this one, check out The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Fitness!), good on you. If you play mixed netball one night a week, I also applaud your choice. There is no right or wrong way to stay active and healthy, nor is there one blanket form of exercise that suits every person and lifestyle. Finding the activities that work for you and your schedule is key to remaining fit and healthy, and actually enjoying your work outs! The more you enjoy what you are doing, the more likely you are to stick to it and actually make the time to do it!