I don't talk a lot about fitness on my blog, mainly because I don't know a whole lot about the subject. Growing up, I was always in sports and never really had to do much else to stay fit. I played softball, basketball, and ran track in middle school and in high school I was a cheerleader. I didn't really begin to go to the gym til I was in high school and realized my body was changing (i.e.- I was getting curves and becoming a woman, but unfortunately I had no idea what was going on at the time!).
Soon after, I spiraled in to a very dangerous habit of working out at the gym for hours at a time without eating much. I became fixated on a number on the scale and when it went up, I entered full-blown panic mode. I never had a full-blown eating disorder, but looking back now I realize how close I was to developing one. Somehow, I got out of that obsessive pattern. However, ever since those scary few years in high school, I have been a little afraid of working out too intensely. Unfortunately, that means I wasn't regularly going to the gym. I could never stick to a work out routine and easily got bored. Plus, I always found an excuse not to go. Then, about a month ago a close friend of mine began doing Cross Fit. It seems the entire country has exploded into a Cross Fit frenzy, and naturally I was a little skeptical to begin with. I heard they lifted very heavy weights and sessions were similar to boot camp. That definitely didn't sound like my cup of tea!
Still, over the last few months I began itching to work out. I missed that after workout high of endorphins, and I wanted to tone up a bit. Reluctantly, I went along to a cross fit session with my friend about a month ago. Since then, I have become obsessed with the workouts! Not only is it fun to do it with a good friend, but the high intensity is exhilarating, and the workout is often done within 30-45 minutes. Instead of spending an hour on the elliptical machine, 30 minutes on the treadmill, and then lifting a few weights, I get the same calories burnt in about half of the time. Plus, I feel better about myself after completing a hard workout. Granted, I am only a month in to going, but I think I might have found my workout niche. I encourage any of you who might struggle with your self image (as I do) to find a healthy workout plan that you are excited enough to stick to. And, give Cross Fit a look! I highly recommend it. :)
I'll be sure to keep you updated on my journey towards health. What do you do to stay healthy?