I used to ALWAYS go for workouts longer than an hour, because I always wanted to burn the max amount of calories possible, but it was also so wearing on my body, because I did it 6 days out of 7, almost without fail. My life revolved around workouts. I didn’t like the idea of short workouts at all, because I thought of them as ‘not enough’ or ‘not legitimate’ if it wasn’t over 30 minutes.
God has totally changed my heart here, and I wanted to share it with you.
I was really cocky about how I did the long hard workouts, how ‘strong’ I thought I was, but mentally, emotionally, and even physically my body was breaking down more than it was getting stronger. This past year I really finally felt the effects of that, and they weren’t good.
What were the effects I felt?
– Often Tired
– Often Sore
– Often Sad or Depressed about not working out but not wanting to work out either because i was so tired.
– Often MENTALLY Exhausted (Not just physically tired)
Years of too much working out and not enough rest definitely took its toll, and I wondered if I would ever feel young at all again. Yet I can say that the Lord was teaching me SOOO much. He was teaching me:
– How to Rest
– How to Admit that I CAN NOT work out all the time
And I wanted to share more about that in a podcast just for you. I wanted to share about my journey of embracing shorter sweeter workouts, more rest, more fun workouts, and less working out for the sake of burning calories or looking ‘lean.’
Working out is not and shouldn’t be about the way we look cause that is going to chance week by week, month by month, year by year. If I look this way at almost 25, I’m not going to look this way at 85, but I’d love to still be active and moving in one wyay or another if the Lord wills. 🙂
In the podcast I talk about:
– Embracing Shorter Workouts in Exchange for more time with family
– The blessing of NOT worrying about calories and just enjoying a short time of movement
– How God used shorter workouts to humble me and help me lose my sense of superiority
– Why Shorter Workouts really helped me rest and relax and regain my period
– This and more on today’s podcast.
It has been such a long journey of learning NOT to base my identity in my running, long workouts, getting ‘toned’ and ‘fit’, when I was actually breaking down my body and treating it without care and compassion.
This whole journey of learning again that I don’t HAVE to workout to eat has been worth it. I don’t have to run in order to enjoy icecream. I thank God. He has been so kind to me in every step of this, and I am very grateful I can share this with you.
Short workouts? Love ’em or hate them?
What are the benefits of a short workout that you don’t think are often talked about?