People often ask me how I stay so committed to working out, particularly to workouts as intense as CrossFit. (If by chance you’ve been hiding under a rock and don’t know what CrossFit is, check out the video). Most folks look at my current fitness level and assume that I’ve always been athletic. Nothing could be further from the truth.
I turned 60 this year. That means I grew up pre-Title IX – there were no organized sports for women when I was in high school and college. We didn’t have soccer leagues where I lived. I never worked out a day in my life until I was 45, weighed 200 pounds, and knew I had to do something about it. I went to Gold’s Gym, got a personal trainer, and it helped me to lose weight and feel better about myself. But I also found it really boring, so it was hard to stick with it.
In 2008 I walked into a CrossFit gym for the first time. It was intense. I wasn’t sure if I could do it. For my first 3 months, I went in every day just hoping I could finish the workout. My second 3 months, I just wanted to not always be the last person finishing the workout. But from the very beginning – and this is so important – I LOVED IT. I still love it today – I love the way it makes me feel and look. I love that I get better at all kinds of skills, every day. I love the challenge of seeing if I can life 5 pounds more, get a better time, do more reps. I love learning Olympic lifting techniques. I love the team spirit and the comraderie.
Now, this isn’t a plug for CrossFit. What I am advocating and what I tell everyone who has trouble sticking to a workout program is this: You just haven’t found the workout you love yet. Once you do, you won’t even think of going without it, because it will be one of the best parts of your day. There are literally hundreds of fitness options in this great city we live in. Try different ones until you find one feeds your soul. You’ll have fun, be healthier, live longer, enjoy life more, think more clearly, and let’s not forget – look ever so much better in a bathing suit!
You never know where your sport or fitness modality of choice may lead you.
Did I ever think when I first started CrossFit I would be competing at the level I am today? Not in a million years. One of our practice members met her husband many years ago while she was belly dancing in the Middle East. She still belly dances today.
So find a workout that you love, and all the rest will follow.
Love – Dr. Janet