The other day I did a 17 Minute HIIT workout. For most people, that won’t feel long enough to be considered an effective exercise, but I have been working out long enough to know that if I want a shorter workout, than I have to be willing to push myself a little harder.
And that is exactly what I did. For those 17 minutes, I lifted heavier, squatted deeper, moved faster, and jumped higher than before.
All because I could. I finally could.
It felt amazing.
On Instagram and Facebook, it is very easy to get caught up in the image side of health and fitness. Everyone wants to six pack abs or to look super fit and toned. If I am being honest, I want those things too.
But I have to remind myself all the time that a strong body and mind is way more valuable than just a skinny one.
Hear me out, I promise I won’t skinny shame.
When I look at my husband, I want to live long enough so that we become that couple that ditches their college bound kids to go on our own adventures. I don’t want to be so sick and weak that I can’t travel with him. I want to go all over the world with him at my side. I don’t want to just sit on the couch.
When I see my kids, I delight in their dreams of either being a Major League Baseball player or being an Olympic Swimmer, and I want to be in the front row as they chase their dreams. I don’t want to be on the couch just watching from afar because I am not healthy or strong enough to be there.
I want to be mentally alert and have conversations that inspire change and hope. I want to serve alongside my sisters and friends in our communities to make it a better place. It is hard to do that if I am house bound and unable to contribute.
I don’t just want to write about change and hope and love on social media. I want to be an ACTIVE part of it.
I don’t want to just spout off opinions.
I want to be a part of the chain reaction of LOVE and GRACE.
Each day that I choose to move my body is not only for aesthetics.
It is so I can contribute and use the gifts and talents that God has given me for Kingdom purpose.
You may see it as superficial.
I see it as vital. God’s people healthy and living and active in the community to show His love. His daughters loving their husbands and children and teaching them the way they should go.
Bestowing grace and being aware of those who are in need of hope in a dark filled world. When I stopped viewing my workouts as simply for physical reasons and started looking at all the ways working out has helped me (including being some much needed therapy!), I have grown to love my time away to sweat. It doesn’t always mean my workouts are winners, but it does mean that I feel a little better, I feel good in the skin I am in, and I am ready to tackle whatever life throws at me.
Share your story. How has working out helped you? What has being stronger mentally and physically empowered you to do or be?
Be a Size You,