I'm not sure if you know this, but fitness is a huge part of my life. Since I was a little girl, I was constantly moving and my parents kept me active. They enrolled me in gymnastics at the age of 3, and I fell in love with it. Five years later, we moved to New York and I was also enrolled in soccer. I loved both sports and was going to different practices every night. Even at a young age, I felt great after a practice or workout. I loved the energy I had afterwards. However, when I was in elementary school, I broke my collarbone. (Not sports related, just being a silly kid). I had a clean break, and was running around within weeks of the accident. Soccer was much easier to get back into. Gymnastics was another story. I was scared to do a lot of movements for fear of hurting myself again.
A little over a year later, from when I broke my right collarbone, I broke my left one. Once again, being a silly kid. This time, I had a much longer recovery time, as I broke it differently. It affected my breathing and it wasn't as clean of a break as the first injury.
As a fifth grade girl, heading into middle school that fall, I was out of sports and camps for the summer. I tried getting back into gymnastics, but with two broken clavicles, my body couldn't do what it once could. Sadly, I had to say goodbye to my gymnastics career.
Soccer became my life. I craved the feeling of running up and down the field, and as I got older, I loved the feeling of being sore. I knew that my body was working and my muscles were growing stronger everyday.
I have always identified as an athlete, and I still play soccer today. I also play on co-ed teams such as softball, beach volleyball and kickball. (Yes, adult kickball! My team even went to a HUGE tournament in Vegas).
Lifting weights has become part of my routine and my body and mind need that release of endorphins. When I can't get to the gym, or get a workout in, I feel crappy. I don't have the energy or focus that I do when I get my ass in the gym for a great sweat sesh!
Let's set some fitness goals for the end of 2017! Start living out those fitness goals NOW before everyone else sets their fitness goals and crowds up the gym in January.
What kind of fitness goals will you set? Go for a daily walk? Daily run? Start lifting some weights? (I promise, it isn't as scary as it seems! And the meatheads are more concerned with themselves and their muscles than how you look lifting a dumbbell).
I guarantee you will feel better after you get some exercise. And don't you want to look good at your family holiday party?!
I would love to hear what goals you set for yourself, and how you feel!
I believe in you already....now you gotta believe in yourself.
You got this!!