As I mentioned yesterday with my big weight loss reveal, I have workout ADD. I get bored reeeeeeeally fast. I'll get excited about and start an exercise trend, do it every day, get tired of it, then completely fall off the wagon. Sit around doing nothing, then a few months later, repeat. When I finally committed to losing 10lb in one month, I learned an important lesson about weight loss success…if you're not having FUN, you're not doing it right! (…and you probably won't be very successful).
By adding lots of variety to my workout routine, focusing on the workouts I actually ENJOY (running? barf.), and by trying new things, I've been able to lose weight, I've toned all areas of my body, and have successfully avoided workout burnout.
Take the other day, for example. I grabbed some friends and decided to try…wait for it…AERIAL SILKS.
Months ago I bought a groupon to try out some aerial arts. I went, tried it, then gave it up. It was hard. I could hardly do anything. My back hurt. I felt like weak sauce. I looked dumb in front of everyone and decided then and there “this isn't for me”. (Can you tell what state of mind I was in back then?).
Fast forward to the NEW me. I'm excited about getting fit, I'm willing to work hard to get where I want to go, and I'm finding FUN in the new things I'm trying! I decided to grab Chelsea and our friend Shauna, and give it another go. And guess what?
…it was a blast.
Sure, it was difficult (the best workout I've had in a long time, actually), but going in with an attitude of adventure and fun made all the difference! (so did bringing some friends along).
We went to Darla's Aerial Arts in Sandy, Ut. We walked in and were immediately amazed by the advanced class that was finishing up. Aerial silks is SO BEAUTIFUL! (In fact, come check out the Cirque-type show with me on March 29, more about that below)They made it look easy, so we figured it would be a piece of cake….and then the warmup started.
Luckily Darla is a good teacher because we had trouble even figuring out how to wrap our arms, let alone pull ourselves up! I caught myself thinking, “oh boy, here we go again…I'm going to be horrible at this and I'm going to look ridiculous.” But as soon as I pushed that thought away and we started to have such a great time!
Working through burning muscles can be really hard…miserable, even. But since we were having such a good time trying something NEW, we hardly noticed how badly our arms and legs were shaking…and burning.
For example…I didn't know I could do the splits!! (or “splits” really.)
And it wasn't just me, either. Shauna and Chelsea had a great time, and were able to do some awesome things.
One way to avoid workout burnout is to get your family involved…specifically get your KIDS involved! A mother and daughter were taking the class together. The girl couldn't have been older than 6 or 7, and she was AH-MAY-ZING. It made me really think about the fact that I should be looking for hobbies and activities that my kids can do WITH me. Think of how amazingly fit Priya would be if I started her in Aerial Silks at 5 years old??
Come HAVE FUN with us!
Ok, random side-note…
Us girls are taking our husbands to Darla's Cirque-type show on March 29, you should all come too! I'm a big fan of supporting small businesses for one, but two, it really just looks amazing. I saw some of the performers practicing as we were leaving and it got me really excited.
Here's the info on the event. If you're going let me know, I'd love to say hi!
You never know, it might just be enough to get you to try aerial silks too 🙂