[This post is part of a partnership with Fitness World. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]
After a bit of a break from personal training for the holiday season and due to the Granville location being closed for renovations, I’m back! My time off of personal training (and just fitness in general) was close to two months and this time was great to reflect on my goals and motivations before jumping back into the swing of things. Here are some of my main goals and motivations that have nothing to do with weight, weight loss or appearance in general, that helped me get back into movement with Fitness World.
Establishing routines. This year I told myself I was going to stop calling myself the busiest unemployed girl in the world because truth be told I work a lot, but I am lucky to do a lot of that work on my own schedule and set deadlines. That being said, I often lack routine because the only person holding me accountable was me. Prior to personal training and setting training sessions it was easy for me to push an at-home workout by an extra half an hour, or just after one more episode. My frequency also wasn’t what I was aiming for with fitness being the bottom rung on the ladder when it came to scheduling out my day. Now my trainer sets firm times and dates where I have to be somewhere. As someone who works independently at home, it’s nice to have a place to be at designated times.
Functional movement. This is always my primary goal when it comes to fitness. While it’s not about looking a certain way in a bikini (because, have you met me? I’m already and always smokin’ hot) but rather how I am able to go about my regular day life. Can I help a friend move without suffering the pains the following day? Can I go on a natural walk without getting winded? Can I take the stairs without sweating buckets? Overall, incorporating fitness into my routine is my way of enhancing the non-fitness parts of my life rather than taking it away from it. I’m sure there is something related to minutes spent on a stairmaster that equates to minutes spent burning up the dance floor.
Increased energy. Your girl is a sleepy babe who loves to lay down but unfortunately nothing gets done when I am horizontal and watching Tik Toks. While working out can be tiring and I can feel a bit drained of energy post-workout, overall a moderate amount of fitness in my routine has increased my energy and endurance day to day. Maybe it’s been spending the past few years working from home, but I was getting to the point where one errand would seemingly take up my whole day and all of my energy but with continuous sessions at Fitness World I find myself able to slowly take on more and more daily commitments.
Mental health. Turns out all the stuff you hear about physical movement and its connection to mental health is true. As someone who is perpetually online, being in a fitness class grants me the opportunity to step away from my inbox and phone, if only for a moment. Fitness is also a great opportunity for me to get out of my head and into my body. No matter what additional stresses I have in my life, when I am in the middle of a squat all I can think about is how much my butt hurts.
Overall, no matter what motivates me to move, Fitness World has been ideal for a variety of different types of movement. There are days where I just want to throw on Netflix with my headphones on and stroll on the treadmill at a leisurely pace while watching Love is Blind, there are other times I crave a class dynamic and can pop into a spin class instead. I also have moments where I like to move at my own pace and other times where I crave structure and prefer to work with a personal trainer.
No matter what movement you’re craving, I cannot recommend Fitness World enough. With a variety of amenities, Fitness World also has multiple convenient locations and budget-friendly memberships. Not ready to commit quite yet? No worries, they offer a three-day pass to try them out first. For newbies, I recommend The WORX class. It’s the best of both worlds when it comes to personal training and group fitness. It’s a class with circuit-style programming that is small enough to feel personalized but large enough to have that community feel.