Confession #1: I have spent hours scrolling through Instagram fitness pages. And when I say hours…I mean hours.
My original interest in following fitness accounts was to one day reach that same pinnacle of fitness. I would say to myself maybe one day I’ll have 6 pack abs, be able to squat 250 lbs., or be able bench press my own body weight.
Scrolling through fitness accounts was my way of gaining motivation to go to the gym, and it worked…at first. There’s always this notion that with the right amount of sweat and tears the seemingly impossible goal, is possible, but only if you really want it. I was jealous of these gorgeous people and their impeccable bodies, but I was never going to go to the full extreme that these pages were promoting.
And I’m okay with that.
Confession #2: I have purchased whey protein, detox tea, green tea pills, and many other weight loss or exercise supplements.
All of which have rotted away in my cabinet. I’m pretty sure there is still a tub of chocolate whey protein in the very back of my parents’ pantry, collecting dust (oops).
Confession #3: I went on multiple tinder dates with this guy last year, to get the fitness inside scoop.
Okay I lied, in all honesty I swiped right because of his sculpted thighs and irresistible man bun, but I mean who wouldn’t. Am I, right?
The guy was a professional weightlifter and it showed in every way possible; the pictures didn’t lie. It was all fun and games until he brought out the scale. Before eating any food, this man weighed everything he was going to consume, and recorded it into his fitness app. Accounting for each item of food, weighing the contents, calculating calories burned throughout the day, and limiting yourself to very few food options, doesn’t sound fun to me.
Is that really a healthy way of living? Weighing food is for grocery stores and restaurant kitchens. Weighing food for a dietary plan, well that’s just not something I can get on board with.
Confession #4: I have tried pre-workout and I am not a fan.
Pre-workout may be great for others; that is if you like to experience what can only be described as tiny heart attacks. Just kidding, it wasn’t that bad. In fact, I really didn’t notice much of a change in my energy levels at all. In a 2017 International Journal of Exercise Science study, it found that pre-workout only increases energy and strength levels by 4-8 percent.
Really makes you wonder what all the hype is about and what exactly is in those supplements.
Whatever happened to simple health and fitness. My life is complicated enough; I don’t have time to get in a two-hour gym session every day, count my daily macros, or obsess about my caloric intake. If that’s for you, great, but it’s not for me.
I now believe simple is better. Be creative with exercise. You don’t have to just be a gym rat to be fit. Have fun with it. You won’t stick to it if you hate it or die of boredom each time you drag yourself to the gym.
creative. simple. exercise.