12 Thoughts You Have When Powering Through A Workout

12 Thoughts You Have While Powering Through A Workout

You can do it this.

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Working out is hard. There's no question about that, but nothing good ever comes easy. Sometimes it's hard to feel motivated, to actually get up and go. But once you actually go, you can't deny that you feel better.

It's that instant "ah-ha" when you feel proud of yourself, you feel relax, you feel like you can do anything. Now, before you get to that moment, these are a few of the thoughts that go through your head.

1. Pumping yourself up before.

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Any good workout needs a good pump up. Whether it's a pep talk or you go-to jam, you have to get yourself in the zone before you break a sweat.

2. Actually getting ready.

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Now, at times even the pump up might not get you going, so putting the workout clothes on is always a step in the right direction. At the very least you'll feel sporty.

3. Having a slight apprehension about going.

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Unless your pump up did wonders and you're feeling really motivated, you might have a slight timidness about going. The should I, shouldn't I creeps up, but always go with you should.

4. Arriving and going right to your go-to machine.

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Once you actually arrive you are in the zone. And naturally, you go to what you're comfortable with. Your go-to favorite machine is waiting with your name on it and you're about to kill it.

5. The rare occasion you find it taken and have to change plans.

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Oh, the dreaded moment when the machine you were so set on is being used by someone else and there are no others available. You have to reluctantly find another, but keep your spirits high because either way, you're going to have a great workout.

6. Hoping on and acting like you're pro.

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Sometimes you know what you're doing and sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. If you know what you're doing, awesome. Good for you. If you don't know what you're doing that's ok. Just take a deep breath, start out slow and you'll be a pro in no time.

7. Then you actually start working out.

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You start out easy but before you know it you're more than halfway through and doing great. And you'll be surprised with how much you actually like it.

8. You try not to appear as winded as you are. 

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Yes, you're doing amazing sweetie. But you're also really tired, your sweating and you're face is bright red. But like I said before, fake it until you make it and power through this workout.

9. Pushing yourself to go another 10 minutes.

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You've already done 25. What's another 10 minutes now? You can do it.

10. Getting off and trying to regain your breath.

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You did it! Now just try to breath deep so you don't pass out. That would not be a good way to finish this workout.

11. Leaving and feeling good about yourself because you just did that.

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The gym high is a real thing. When you leave, you just feel great. You head is clear, you don't feel stressed, you can be proud of yourself.

12. Sleep and then repeat.

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Going once is a great accomplishment, yes. But doing it again. And then again. And again. Now that is what you want to do.

Getting your body up and moving is so important, we all know that. But it can be hard sometimes to get motivated and get going. Just know that it's ok to struggle and feel out of place at first. The important thing is you try.

One step at a time. You can do it.

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PSA: Keep Your Body-Negative Opinions Away From Little Girls This Summer

But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with.

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It's officially swimsuit season, y'all.

The temperature is rising, the sun is bright and shining, and a trip to the beach couldn't look more appealing than it does right now. This is the time of year that many of us have been rather impatiently waiting for. It's also the time of year that a lot of us feel our most self-conscious.

I could take the time to remind you that every body is a bikini body. I could type out how everyone is stunning in their own unique way and that no one should feel the need to conform to a certain standard of beauty to feel beautiful, male or female. I could sit here and tell you that the measurement of your waistline is not a reflection of your worth. I completely believe every single one of these things.

Hell, I've shared these exact thoughts more times than I can count. This time around, however, I'm not going to say all these things. Instead, I'm begging you to push your insecurities to the side and fake some confidence in yourself when you're in front of others.

Why?

Because our negative self-image is toxic and contagious and we're spreading this negative thinking on to others.

We're all guilty of this, we're with family or a friend and we make a nasty comment about some aspect of our appearance, not even giving a single thought to the impact our words have on the person with us. You might think that it shouldn't bother them- after all, we're not saying anything bad about them! We're just expressing our feelings about something we dislike about ourselves. While I agree that having conversations about our insecurities and feelings are important for our mental and emotional health, there is a proper and improper way of doing it. An open conversation can leave room for growth, acceptance, understanding, and healing. Making a rude or disheartening remark about yourself is destructive not only to yourself, but it will make the person you are saying these things around question their own self worth or body image by comparing themselves to you.

My little sister thinks she's "fat." She doesn't like how she looks. To use her own words, she thinks she's "too chubby" and that she "looks bad in everything."

She's 12 years old.

Do you want to know why she has this mindset? As her older sister, I failed in leading her by example. There were plenty of times when I was slightly younger, less sure of myself, and far more self-conscious than I am now, that I would look in the mirror and say that I looked too chubby, that my body didn't look good enough, that I wished I could change the size of my legs or stomach.

My little sister had to see the older sibling she looks up to, the big sis she thinks always looks beautiful, say awful and untrue things about herself because her own sense of body image was warped by media, puberty, and comparing herself to others.

My negativity rubbed off onto her and shaped how she looks at herself. I can just imagine her watching me fret over how I look thinking, "If she thinks she's too big, what does that make me?"

It makes me feel sick.

All of us are dealing with our own insecurities. It takes some of us longer than others to view ourselves in a positive, loving light. We're all working on ourselves every day, whether it be mentally, physically, or emotionally. But our own baggage shouldn't be shoved on to those we surround ourselves with, our struggles and insecurities should not form into their own burdens.

Work on yourself in private. Speak kindly of yourself in front of others. Let your positivity, real or not, spread to others instead of the bad feelings we have a bad habit of letting loose.

The little girls of the world don't need your or my negative self-image this summer. Another kid doesn't need to feel worthless because we couldn't be a little more loving to ourselves and a lot more conscious of what we say out loud.

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11 Reasons Why Hiking Should Become A Pivotal Part Of Your Life

It's good for the body and soul.

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I was lucky enough to grow up 10 minutes from a national park. This meant that some of my earliest memories were riding on my dad's shoulders through miles of beautiful trails. As a got older, the simple joy of enjoying the fresh air and getting away from the craziness of life that hiking offered only made me fall in love with it more. Now, whenever I have a rough day or just need a break from stress, the first thing that I want to do is hit the trails.

1. Fresh air

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Being cooped up inside for too long can take a toll on anyone. Being able to get out and breathe the fresh air and feel the sun shining can instantly boost anyone's mood!

2. Exercise

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Hiking is a great way to get those extra steps in, and many areas have different paths you can take depending on your fitness level.

3. No electronics

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I am so guilty of going on my phone way too much. Being outdoors allows a break from social media and time to focus on being in the moment and enjoying the amazing world we live in.

4. Scenery

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Hiking allows us to see some of the most gorgeous untouched pieces of nature. It is hard to not be amazed by how beautiful our earth is.

5. Vitamin D

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There is nothing that a little bit of sun can't cure. Being outside in the sun not only gives you a nice summer glow, but it can be so beneficial to our health! Vitamin D helps boost our immune system and gives us energy.

6. Way more fun than going to the gym

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Going to the gym and using the treadmill and other machines provide a workout but can become more of a chore than fun after a while. Hikes are an amazing workout that hardly feels like a chore. So, the next time you are getting tired of the same old routine at a smelly gym, think about taking a hike instead.

7. Stress reliever

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Being out in nature can be such a great break from the "real world."

8. Great way to spend time with friends

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The next time you don't know what to do with your friends, consider going on a hike! There are so many fun things to do, like bring a picnic or watch the sunset. It's a great way to switch up your typical routine of watching T.V. or Netflix.

9. Perfect way to exercise with dogs

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Instead of taking your dog around the neighborhood, switch it up and take them on a hike! It's a great workout for them, and oftentimes, a lot more enjoyable than the daily neighborhood route.

10.  It's free!

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What more needs to be said? Free fun is hard to come by nowadays, so going on a hike can help your bank account too!

11.  It's fun!

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What's not to love about the endless ways to enjoy hiking?

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