Exercise Is A Gift, Not A Punishment

 

JP2-5821.jpgLast week my client walked into the gym feeling tired, sluggish and unmotivated. She hadn’t worked out in over two weeks and had returned from her busy trip late the night before. But as she does, she walked in ready to give it all she had with no excuses.

Though all of my clients follow an individualized training program that’s pre-planned for them I have no issue with adjusting a workout based on my clients sleep, stress levels or just how they feel that day. But in this situation I knew that Karen would want a kick in the pants. So after a thorough warm-up and us catching up on life, as we do she proceeded to crush her Trap Bar Deadlifts for her body weight which was a new ‘PR” for her!!! She walked out of my training studio refreshed and beaming from ear to ear.

A few hours later she sent me this text message: Thanks again!! I had been feeling so down about not getting in my regular workouts and not feeling in shape. This morning’s workout boosted me up and made me realize I CAN get back on track!! Now I was beaming from ear to ear for the rest of the day :))))

In fact, a few days ago on Instagram I talked about motivation and why it’s super important to focus on the positive feelings that exercise of any kind provides us. Keeping the focus on the ‘good feelings’ will be a steady stream of motivation to tap into on the days we really don’t feel like it.

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I can honestly say that going through back surgery and arriving at the 12 week post-op mark tomorrow has made me really reflecting how exercise is such a blessing. Not that I didn’t realize it before, but truly appreciate it even more and think of it as a gift that is truly precious to all of us.

Mainstream media can certainly portray exercise as a torturous event that has to be done to the point of exhaustion with unbearable discomfort. The harder and longer the session the better. This is soooo far from the truth!!!

I actually overheard a woman on the recumbent bike next to me at physical therapy a few weeks ago talking about wanting to see how many calories she burned warming up and related that to burning off some of the donut she ate for breakfast.

Or jumping on the elliptical early in the morning to burn off the nightly bowl of ice cream.

Being afraid to stop running in fear of weight gain even though the person didn’t enjoy running.

Maybe using exercise to be “able to eat”

Or the talk about how many burpees we would have to do to work off our Thanksgiving dinner.

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This is a topic we visit in my online boot camps. The backbone of all of my programs closely intertwine training+sustainable nutrition strategies to fuel my clients bodies to provide a steady stream of energy throughout the day and during their workouts while dropping bf, losing inches,increasing muscle tone and feeling no guilt about the food they eat!!

Guess what? I’ve opened up registration for my Holiday Shred Carb Cycling Boot Camp yesterday. This highly fun and effective four week program will be easy to implement into a busy lifestyle along with weekly actionable deliverables, accountability, motivation and private weekly check-in’s to ensure amazing  progress!!

This program is being offered at the very discounted holiday rate for all of this very effective workout + nutrition guidance and four weeks of ongoing coaching. Basically less than the cost of two personal training session!!

Prep week for this program starts the week of the 21st!!. Let’s make this holiday season your best one yet!!

You can find out all the deets HERE!! 

One more thing before I end this rant.

Unfortunately exercise has been closely intertwined with ‘working off’ the food we consume. This mindset is a bit tilted and perpetuates the idea that exercise is used as a punishment for enjoying the food eat, and I must say that I am in the camp that food should be enjoyed!! #HOLLA

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I believe we should always move,sweat, and train in a way that provides us energy, enjoyment, strength and confidence.

 

XO, Jenn

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