If you have been following Indierella for the past couple of months, you might have heard me talk about my fitness journey. I ran a 5k, got an affinity for wheatgrass, and tried healthy, organic snacks. I’ve even been honest about my mental health.
In just a year, you wouldn’t believe how much my body has changed. About this time, I was about to enter my senior year, and I had a thought: “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” I was fed up with thinking badly about myself, not having the confidence I wanted, and feeling like I wasn’t good enough because of how I looked or how much I weighed. So I said enough and decided that I was going to get active.
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Here’s how it happened:
First, I went to Pinterest. The beginning step requred getting in a routine. Picking my favorite visuals from my workout routines board, I chose a different workout for six days of the week. I alternated between arms, core, legs, and booty exercises, so for about 20-30 minutes each day after work, I would roll out my yoga mat and get to sweating.
In the beginning I was determined not to do squats, lunges, or running, because of an old knee injury. Too much pressure or overworking can agitate it, and I still walk down stairs a little lopsided-ly. And that was totally fine–I learned that you don’t have do do the workouts that you don’t like.
And of course routines are going to change. One day I was caught without an umbrella in a rainstorm while I was on my way to meet a friend. I might as well be soaked, I thought, but maybe if I jogged I would be a little less soaked. I started to run through the rain, and guess what? My knee didn’t hurt! I could breathe when I was running, too! And truly, it was a turning point for me. I realized that doing cardio and working my core and legs was strengthening the muscles around previous “problem” areas–who knew?
So from that point onward, I started incorporating running into my workout routines. My personal record is about a 14-minute mile, and I can do about three mile-runs if I pace myself. The best thing is that I started to love running and exercise!
Now when I go to the gym (thank youuu Planet Fitness!) I typically stick to my tried-and-true exercises. Want to know my routine? Then keep reading!
And of course, I love running! If you want more exercise tips or just want to see what catches my eye, follow me on Pinterest!