“I’m not the kind of person that works out.”
This is a thought I had in college and my early 20s.
“I wish I could do that!”
This was said to me when I was doing a workout last year on Thanksgiving morning.
It *really* struck me. The person that said this to me was in reality no different than myself. She had time, access to fitness equipment, and no children. A lot like myself.
For a moment I felt a slight sense of shame — was it bad that I was choosing to spend some time working out on the morning of a holiday instead of leaving early to spend more time with family? was it selfish? was it vain?
Given I’ve been working on my mindset practice for quite some time, I knew how to turn my shame triggering thoughts around. Because I exercise for so many reasons, I knew that I would not only physically feel better going into a huge Thanksgiving meal, but that I would calm any anxiety I had (family, traffic, cooking, etc.).
Here’s the thing: you get to decide what kind of person you are.
You get to decide to exercise. “I wish I could do that.” Is language that takes the power away from you. Linguistically, you are saying that you have no choice in the matter.
But the beauty of being an adult living in the free world? We choose our path.
There is not one kind of person that works out. There are people that run, people that lift, people that swing kettlebells, people that go to spin classes, people that go to yoga, people that do pilates, people that run 100 miles in the desert, there are people that ride bikes, people that hike mountains
Exercise is simply movement. The human body is, in fact, designed to move. For realsies. There is no one kind of person is allowed the privilege of being the “KIND OF PERSON THAT EXERCISES”.
You ARE that kind of person.
You ARE the kind of person that chooses to do something you love.
You ARE the kind of person that can decide to be joyful in your movement.
You CHOOSE to be that kind of person.
You choose to be this kind of person by the everyday small choices that you make. You choose to be this kind of person by developing habits. The difference between myself and the person who made the comments to me?
- I wake up early and have a structured sleep schedule that I prioritize.
- I don’t negotiate with myself about exercise, I simply do it.
- I have found movement that invigorates my soul.
In life, we can be “victims” of circumstance or revel in the joy that is the wide open path of choice.
What do you choose for today? Remember, it’s the small choices that add up to something amazing.