Exercise Challenges

Author: Encouragement & Exercise (Japan iFit Series) 🚴‍♀️🇯🇵

I’ve been doing a 12 part, Japan iFit Cycling series this month. It’s iFit’s challenge for the month of February. I am four workouts away from finishing. I am very excited to see what iFit mails me for completing the challenge. I’m hoping for a t-shirt but would be thrilled by a gold star sticker at this point. ⭐

For anyone looking to start exercising, here are three encouraging thoughts to consider:

  1. Exercise does get easier the more you do it. I mean this both mentally and physically. Eventually you will want to exercise. Working out makes you better and stronger, physically, mentally and spiritually. It’s a gift to your body as a whole in so many ways.
  2. Think of exercise as a privilege, not as something you have to do. I’m borrowing this from iFit trainer Ashley Paulson, the trainer leading the Japan series. This little mental switch is gold. It’s really helped me reframe my cycling.
  3. Another thing Ms. Paulson said: you will have good workouts and bad workouts. It’s okay. Give yourself grace and keep showing up. You can do this.

It’s amazing to me hearing professional trainers on iFit sharing honest, vulnerable stories about themselves. They’ve had bad races, bad workouts, people who have put down their efforts and many other challenges. But they’ve kept going, they persisted. I love that. This resilience mentality can apply to anything in life, including writing and publishing. Keep moving forward.

I’ve included some pictures of some of my past workouts below. Enjoy and happy writing! ✏️🚴‍♀️😁

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