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How Personal Growth Helped Me Find My Ideal Workout

Slow and steady wins the race. Find out how personal growth helped me identify my ideal workout.

You know that feeling when you realize you’re doing a task with ease that used to be extremely hard for you? I had that experience this week while working out. I used to hate planks. I always felt weak and shaky, and there was no way I could even attempt plank jacks or other variations the badass coaches were doing in the videos. I assumed it would just be a move I would never be very good at, and accepted it.

Cut to this week during a yoga session. I was just chillin’ in down dog and then slowly moved into plank. I was focusing on my breath and core, and before I knew it, I was in a strong, solid plank for longer than I’ve ever done before. And I wasn’t hating it!

Slow and steady wins the race. Find out how personal growth helped me identify my ideal workout.

It took a long time to get to this point. Years, in fact. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my body through this newfound heart-health journey. I know that if I go all-in on a hardcore workout or diet program right off the bat, I will quit. I know that I hate cardio and get more out of slow and steady workouts. I know that the numbers on the scale and my pant size don’t actually reflect my health. These are not things I knew about myself years ago. I even tortured myself for 2 whole years trying to tell myself I was a runner and absolutely hated every single run and felt like I was dying with every step. Was it worth it? Well, it’s cool I can say I once ran 8 whole miles (ha!). Was I healthy physically and mentally? No. Not in the slightest.

This is growth, my friends, and I am damn proud of it! Now give me a yoga mat and resistance band and I’ll happily be on my way.

Edit: I had an “ah-ha” moment after publishing and feel like I should have seen this much sooner. I grew up as a ballerina and almost majored in it in college. How did I not realize my entire adult life that I prefer slow, steady, methodical movements over high intensity cardio when it literally consumed my life from ages 3-18?!? DUH, Beth. Now I’m going to go dwell on my obliviousness and how I ignored my true self for so long that it took me 18 years to get it back. Moral of the story – find what makes you happy, and do that. Namaste, y’all. Namaste.


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I'm a busy mom writing for other busy moms. This is my journey to improve my overall health and wellness through food, fitness, and fun. I use life hacks to simplify things, but I don't take shortcuts that could derail my path to my overall goal. Join me!

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