Sweat, Eat, Rest, Repeat (sometimes)

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For me, being physically active, has been an integral part of my life since I was about 14. That’s when I entered my first gym. I wasn’t a team sport person, hated it in fact. I was shy and extremely self conscious, I wasn’t one of those popular girls who were so good at everythingΒ ! But the gym, now that was a place I could go, do my own thing, no competition. I could even hide in the sectioned off “women’s only” corner. I was hooked. It wasn’t always an easy and smooth relationship, but it worked.

Fast forward to present day and my experience has quadrupled, I have done everything from step classes to spin, running to yoga, general weight training with machines, to of course, kettlebells. It’s what many people do. They try different things, check out various classes, look for their niche, or simply exhaust themselves in one area until they’re so burned out, their body demands a change. This is what you don’t want. If you really enjoy an activity, do you really want to beat yourself up doing it? Possibly even to the point of injury, forcing you to quit altogether? I did that with running, I LOVED running! Surprise, surprise. After all, it was something I could do alone πŸ™‚ But now I have to forever deal with the fact that I may never be able to run long distances again.

Enter the Kettlebell. I fell head over heals in love with kettlebell training. So much so that now I teach it. I actually overcame my shyness, and became a leader. THAT’s how much I love the bell! I feel so blessed to be able to share my passion with others, watchΒ them fall in love like I did. But the risks involved with being a trainer are big. And I know I have the tendency to ignore my body cues and push through. After all, I did that with running. Training your own body, and then spending the day training others, involves many hours handling kettlebells. The body will eventually tire. The question is, did I learn my lesson?

Yes! Well…for the most part anyway πŸ™‚ This summer I’ve decided to take some time away from training. Not a lounge at the beach, couch potato kind of break, but a significant scaling down of effort. I’m going to walk more, ride my bike, do some yoga, and perhaps throw a kettlebell around occasionally, but not nearly to the degree I normally do.

When it’s your business to sell exercise, telling people to try something different or take timeΒ off is tough! But I’m not selling exercise, I’m selling Wellness. The effectiveness of exercise is only as good as your recovery. And recovery includes rest, nutrition, sleep, stretching, and cross-training.

We are all different, what works for one person may not work for another. So listen to your body, do what feels right to you. Just remember that beating yourself into a sweaty mess with every workout is not the quickest way to a healthy, fit body. It’s all about balance πŸ™‚

Happy Monday! Thanks for tuning in πŸ™‚