What makes you sweat?

So I’ve been thinking, I know what it is that “makes me sweat” – but I sometimes have a hard time piecing offering others advice on how to get to that “I love to workout” phase that I’m in. I think it’s partly because its not only just a good habit of mine but it’s become innate, it’s part of who I am, it’s part of my daily routine and I honestly do miss it when I either skip a workout or am *forced* to take a rest day. I’m weird, I know – but I just love a good sweat.  I just do.

But I realize that’s not really the right answer when someone asks me for advice or simply “how do you do it??”

The reason I’m thinking this over? I received a blog comment recently from someone looking to get back into a solid fitness regime and asked me for some advice on where to start. For me, it’s easy to say – “pick something you love and do that” because I just so happen to have found TONS of workouts that I love to do that keep me interested and motivated and that are FUN to do.

But I realize there is so much more to it than just finding something you love. Factors like:

  • Budget – is a gym membership affordable? Especially at a gym that includes group fitness classes (which I’m always way more drawn to than the cardio machines and weight room)
  • Schedule – is working out in the morning or the evening better for you? If morning and the gym isn’t an option, do you have room to do some workouts at home? If so, you know who I’m going to recommend in a heartbeat – Cathe Friedrich of course!
  • Environment preference – do you prefer the comfort of your own home or are group environments more your thing? For some, a mix of both is ideal as it gives you lots of options and flexibility (read: no excuses not to get ‘er done!)
  • Physical fitness – are you recovering from an injury? Do you have weak or injured knees prone to injury? Than something like running might not be ideal (despite the great workout that it can be) but a spinning class may be more up your alley.

There are obviously way more factors than I listed here, but it’s a good start.  The long and short of it truly comes down to preference – what can you realistically fit into your schedule that you will enjoy enough to come back for more? If you are truly a newbie, it might be better to hit a few group fitness classes at your gym to test-run what you like and what you don’t like. It’ll also be hugely helpful for things like figuring out proper form for weight lifting (if your class offers weight training classes like Group Power, which I heart!). If you’ve been working out for awhile but aren’t seeing results or are just bored with it. Try an at-home workout from Cathe (I promise, you will not be disappointed!!) or gather a few friends to keep eachother honest – start a running group like I did when I first started running if you’re interested in giving it a whirl. It makes it more of a social activity and less like the often-dreaded “workout” that it can be.

Clearly, I could go on and on and on. My point is – a good sweat should have an element of fun to it or why bother? I’ve made some great friends through my love of fitness which is just an added bonus in my book – a good sweat, a few good friends, and more energy/confidence/enthusiasm, not too shabby for the effort you put into it, if you ask me. 😉

So now I gotta know – what makes YOU sweat? What drew you to fitness to begin with? When was your ah-ha moment? Or, if you’re still figuring it all out, what are you struggling with? I’m all ears!