In high school I was a jock. Competitive sports kept me jacked and tanning beds – which were still legal for youth to use – kept me tanned. #jackedandtanned
In my early twenties, I played rec sports to stay fit. By the time I got to my mid-twenties, I’d calculated that the calories burnt in rec sports rarely exceeds the calories from beers drank.
After that, I headed in a new direction and focussed on the way I looked. I trained for a bikini competition and got to imagine what it feels like to be a model for a week.
Barbell sports found me just after that. CrossFit, powerlifting, and Olympic Weightlifting took up a huge chunk of my waking hours. I visualized snatch and clean and jerk as the last thing in my head before I went to bed, and the first thing on my mind in the morning.
Now, you can find me in the gym picking up a kettlebell or teaching lifters how to get reacquainted with the more subtle movements of their bodies. Sometimes, you’ll find me in a dance class. The rest of the time? You can find me on my yoga mat.
Why did my style change over time? A number of reasons: what was available, what was new, and what felt effortless.
As cheesy as it sounds, love picked that barbell up.
So, I have a question for you, My Friend. Is it time to bring the fun back into your fitness? If your passion’s dwindled, you have permission to make a change.
If it’s time, jot down three activities that would bring you to life. It could be something you loved practicing when you were a kid. Something new that challenges you. It could be one of mine: yoga, adult dance classes, or barbell sports.
If mine are speaking to you, and you have no clue what it would be like to join that activity, here’s how I suggest you make the decision. What do you want to remember about yourself? Choose the sport that corresponds to your soul’s required medicine mantra at this time.
- I Am Strong – Powerlifting
- I Am Powerful – Olympic Weightlifting
- I Am One with the Flow of Life – Yoga
- I Am Playful – Dance
Whatever you choose, Dear One, please keep the fun in your fitness. Because the most beautiful curve on your body, truly is your smile.
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Photo Credit: Kory Mackinnon and Emma Love