I never want to do a workout again where I push myself so hard that I say, “I am seriously dying here.”
I have been working out in the gym for a long time — since I was 15 years old. My strategy in my workouts has evolved quite a bit since those early years. And in my opinion, I’d say it’s been for the better. Some might disagree.
You see, I no longer push myself to the point of pure exhaustion when I work out. I used to. And I know that many would say that it’s a waste of time to do anything other than that.
You see the “motivational” workout quotes on images across the web saying that when you want to give up, push harder and that no one ever achieved their dreams by staying on the couch (and other similar versions).
I agree, challenging our body and mind is an important part of expansion and growth, but for me, there’s a difference between challenge and pushing myself over the edge of what’s healthy.
I love working out. I love moving my body. I love sweating. And stretching. And breathing hard. But for me, working out isn’t about pushing myself farther and harder every time I am in the gym, the yoga studio, or outside on a run.
Working out is about movement, being in my body, and appreciating this amazing miracle of a machine that I get to live in.
I get to wake up every day. My heart keeps pumping every day. My eyes open and my brain works and my legs work and I get to smile and laugh and walk around this crazy cool beautiful planet.
I work out to feel good, not to prove anything to anyone. And you know what, I HAVE the body of my dreams. So I would say what I am doing is working for me.