Not so many years ago I was an extremely shy person who didn’t feel comfortable in her own skin and always found the weights area in the gym intimidating and stopped exercising as soon as I see people staring. I remember that exact moment when I decided that this has to change. It was in a
kickboxing class where the instructor had us lunging and boxing back and forth and guess who was one of the last people to finish? 😉 That moment I felt so challenged that I promised myself that something has to change in my life and ever since, I have never been happier. Exercising became my moving meditation time. It is a time of the day that I dedicate to myself that detaches me from all the sort of problems and attachments that worry me on a daily basis.
Whether it is improving my running PR, squatting lower, learning how to do a pull up or getting that new dance move I always celebrate the small achievements because they make me physically and mentally stronger. Now I don’t care whether the society thinks I am too fat, too thin, too muscular or whatever because after all beauty is such an overrated thing. What matters to me the most is that feeling I get when I hit the wall being challenged by something new and conquer it because only that makes me stronger and ready for whatever life throws at me. If I learned anything from exercising so far it is:
- You never get anything out of your comfort zone so step out of it and once you do, you will find that sky is your only limit.
- Surround yourself by people who inspire you and share the love of what you do yet don’t compare yourself to anyone but give yourself the time to grow.
- And last but not least make exercising your fun time, lose yourself to the music, dance with others and make new friends and family and always smile BIG!