Always do what’s right for YOU.
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i like how you think and that you’re willing to stray for your soul a little too :)
First of all, thank you! It’s great that you made that comment, because I’ve been meaning to post something about this.
I’ve been thinking lately about my fitness/nutrition goals. How when I’m in college I find it hard to have time to go running every day when my workload is essentially endless. More so this semester since I have maxed out credits. To a lot of people on tumblr, this is considered an excuse. But my questions is… An excuse for what?
I’m not a body builder. I’m not training for a bikini competition. I don’t have any intentions to run a marathon any time soon. I don’t even want a six pack out of personal preference and practicality. I don’t need to do any of this to be considered healthy and fit! Especially if I’m not basing my lifestyle off of fitness.
Ever since I’ve started working out a few years ago when I started this blog, I have worked out 6 days a week, or at least had that mentality even when I didn’t. But I’ve been thinking… Do I really need to? While it’s recommended you get a certain amount of exercise each day, stressing about not having time to complete mandatory assignments tends to deter me from working out at all. So I’ve decided to change my mentality.
I’m going to now aim for at least 3 days of exercise a week instead of 6. That’s half of what my usual is, but it’s a lot better than doing none of it, right? I am a perfectionist and I have very high standards. But in this case, it’s been doing me no good at all. So I’ve decided to change my thinking. Yeah, I may be considered less impressive to some people on tumblr now. Not as “cool” of a fitblr. Something like that. But even if no one thinks any of those things… This is my blog and I have the right to do whatever I want, right? I think I’ll have some trouble figuring out what workouts to do and whatnot when I’m restricted to 3 days, but I’ll figure something out. I decided to join a running club (for the running and the social junk), also. So I may end up doing more than 3 days anyways. We’ll see.
So to conclude this post, I would like to offer some advice to the people who may need it. Stressing out about doing a perfect amount of exercise is not worth it. For me, it stopped me from exercising during college as a result. So, if you are having trouble maintaining an arduous workout schedule… Try reducing it a little and see how it affects your stress levels. Working out even one day a week will give you some stress-relieving endorphins, so just do what you need to do. Don’t make your goals higher than you can maintain. It’s not giving up. It’s being smart. Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to do something if it’s not realistic for you. And don’t let what you see on the internet pressure you, either.