Top 5: Things I Wish I’d Known About Fitness
I’m not a naturally sporty person. No siree. I got into this here fitness life about three years ago and needless to say, it’s the best decision I ever made for myself. Life has changed in weird, wonderful and unbelievable ways since I put the wraps on, donned some gloves and timidly went to my first boxing session. Since then, I’ve tried just about any activity that comes my way and it’s a whole lot of awesome. I wish there were some things people had told me about this fitness malarkey before I got going though. A little heads up would’ve been nice.
You will think of yourself as Superwoman
You’ll spend a large amount of time in the mirror, marveling at your muscles. You have a new found respect for all that they do. You talk to them during hard workouts ‘come on guys, you’ve got this!’ You wonder what you would look like donning a cape. Often, you imagine you are wearing one under your business attire. If only your work colleagues knew what an utter badass you are in the gym.
You reach new levels of mental clarity
Man, how I wish someone had sold me this is a benefit of working out rather than constantly going on about how you’ll lose weight (*yawn*). Seriously, on my second ever run, I was having life changing epiphanies. By the end of a good workout, you feel as though you could just sit down at a United Nations meeting and solve all their problems. You’re focused, dedicated, driven – why would you not want more of this feeling?!
Your dreams of being a foot model will be killed
Seriously. If you run, don’t expect the foot modeling contract to be coming your way. Do however, expect pedicurists to be regularly revolted by whatever the hell it is you’ve got going on south of the ankle. Blisters everywhere, toenails popping off – it ain’t pretty down there. But that’s the price you pay for being supremely awesome.
If I was single…
If only I’d known that apparently being red faced and sweaty is the biggest turn on ever to the menz, my single life could’ve gone way better. I never seem to be hit on more than when I’m out on a run or just finished a tough workout. I don’t know what it is, but I guess we’re just giving off crazy awesome vibes when we’re in that state.
You’ll make awesome friends
Once you’re out of the college/university safety net, it can be hard to make friends as an adult. Like, outside of work situations, real, organic friendships don’t tend to blossom quite as frequently…unless you workout! I have met so many badass chicas since I got into fitness, it kind’ve blows my mind. I wonder how the hell I was doing life before these awesome women came into it. Fitness doesn’t have to be this solitary thing that you suffer through – it can be social and fun and friendly and you can enjoy it!
What are some of the biggest surprises you’ve had about how fitness has changed your life?