by Anne Chen
Life can be tough. Everyone has bad days and good ones.
I was fortunate to find Reason to help me get through the rough times. A few years ago, I was having a really bad stretch where I felt down and heavily burdened. To help get over this, I decided to do a bit of reflection on how important fitness activities were to both my physical and mental health. I then put together a list of things that I needed to help keep me motivated and coming to the gym on a regular basis.
Below is a random list of things I have learned, celebrated and continue to learn from the great coaches and athletes at Reason community.
One Year at Reason
- You can’t just wait – you have to ask for help
- I needed accountability – I needed people in my circle. Everyone helped me stay consistent.
- Understand the why – being the person for herself and always going back to that
- Slow down to speed up. It’s not a quick fix.
- This is a process; be proud of the moments i’m showing up for myself
- Stop Comparison
- Not everyone is going to understand what you’re trying to; say no to certain people and certain things
- It’s not always going to be glamorous – a lot of hard days; Knowing the difference between struggling and needing a day off.
- Hitting that 100th class – starting with 2 classes a week – I showed up for myself 100 times to the best of my ability and because of that I can do more. I can keep doing this.
- Be authentic to yourself; whats important is that you love yourself. Grow into who I am as an individual. I don’t need to prove to anyone who I am.
*Bonus: Have fun with it. For you to be consistent – it has to be fun.
Take what you want from this list, or develop your own. The important thing is to realize that even though there will be days when you feel you can’t do it, in the end, you always can—if you try. Focusing on these things has directed my journey from a struggling athlete to having the privilege of sharing something I absolutely love to do. I am thankful everyday.
Getting yourself to the gym is usually the most difficult part of a fitness routine. Close your eyes and imagine you are driving to the gym. Now imagine you’ve grabbed your water bottle and gear and are now walking through the doors of our gym full of #happierhealthier people.
Greetings and smiles await you—I bet you feel better already.
Have a GREAT workout!