Many people have goals related to body image, but have you ever thought about fitness goals related to your daily abilities?
Yes, I work out to feel confident about my body and look my best in a bikini. But let's be honest, how often throughout the year am I actually in a bikini? Once, maybe twice per year.
One of the driving forces to my fitness regime is my capabilities throughout my day. Fitness is an amazing tool for so many aspects relating to your overall quality of life.
It's funny, here in Texas women are looked at way differently. I'm so independent I will lug my 50 pound suitcase onto the cart myself...even if I struggle and even if the looks I get for doing so are hysterical. One time the airport attendant made me wait for Tanner, insisting that I would not touch my luggage.
To me, it's almost insulting. I'm not sure if it's because I've been perceived as weak before or if it's just a sense of entitlement..
Think about your daily tasks and how you perform them.
Things that I notice day to day are:
Taking the garbage out to the trash and lifting it over my head into the dumpster.
Lugging the groceries in from the car in one trip.
Lifting the 50 pound bag of dog food from the shelf to my cart and then to my car.
Picking my dog up and climbing the stairs with her over my shoulder when she's been bad (every day).
Moving around furniture by myself
Opening cans or jars
Lifting the vacuum into the storage closet
Hosting myself up onto the counters to clean high shelves
(Wow I just realized I sound like a housewife....nothing wrong with that! hahaha)
Throughout your day do you find your heart racing and your body sweating when you climb stairs?
Do you find your capable of chucking the garbage up over head into the dumpster?
Do you find yourself asking for a mans help for several tasks throughout the day?
I have found that the more fit I get the less difficult these tasks become. My heart rate doesn't increase drastically when climbing stairs, I don't have to ask a man for help with nearly anything, and I don't have to take two trips downstairs to get the groceries!
Sooooo, how do you do this? YOU CROSS TRAIN!
You do this by establishing a workout program that is going to:
1) Increase your strength with body weight as well as added resistance.
2) Increase your cardiorespiratory abilities with high intensity cardio
3) Increase your cardiovascular endurance with moderate intensity cardio
4) Increase your day to day performance with exercises that mock daily tasks such as:
Farmers walk (hauling groceries or garbage)
Shoulder press and bicep curls (Overall strength for pickle jars and hoisting garbage into the bin)
Box pushes (Moving furniture around)
Pull-ups and push-ups (If you're ever hanging of a cliff or the side of a building, do you want to be able to pull yourself up? I would!)
So next time you're doing a workout, think about what that move is going to do for you tomorrow or how you're daily routine will improve because of it. Maybe you can find more motivation in this mindset then being stuck in how your body image will look!