When I was in high school I studied sports and majored in equestrian, but I hated working out. I could not stand it and did not see the point of it. A lot has changed since then, except I have always hated running. I used to get shin splints just by looking at my running shoes and had the fitness of a 60-year-old.
In 2014 I decided to compete in bikini fitness which made me change my lifestyle completely. I started weight lifting and I started getting into a routine and after a few months, I felt like something was missing if I didn’t go to the gym. Still would not run, but I was using heavy weights and plyometric high intensity in my workouts. And now I love it. There is no better feeling to me than to sweat it out in the gym.
But then COVID hit. Suddenly, I was no longer able to do my daily routine and get the same effect that I was getting in the gym. I had a lot more time on my hands and I was getting extremely anxious and did not know where to put my focus. So I made a new goal. A different kind of goal. I decided to start running.
I signed up for the Nike Running App and tried their guided runs. It got me going. It was rough in the beginning, but for every day I was out there running I started feeling a little bit better about it. And I was able to use my energy and sweat again. I only started with a 20-minute run and some days if I feel lazy I put on a guide and run for 20-25 minutes.
I can’t say that I love it and I still miss the gym, but it’s giving me what I need at the moment. A feeling of achievement and every day I beat a record I feel proud. Now my daily routine starts with a morning run instead of a morning workout, then I do some plyometric exercises.
Running has given me a new way of meditation, where I only focus on my breathing and how my body feels. In times like these, it can be easy to get overwhelmed by not knowing what will happen. We have been isolated from our normal life and socializing and a lot of people have gotten serious financial problems. Having 20-30 minutes to yourself, to not have to focus on your worries can be really helpful.
It has been scientifically proven that running is positive for your body and your mind, we all know that. The hardest part is getting out and do it. So, I challenge you today to get outside and move. Maybe your knees hurt so you feel like you shouldn’t, but go for a walk. Breathe the fresh air, see the beauty in nature. I promise you will feel better.