The Fitness-Owning Advantage

To begin my series on Bilbil Busters for Budget-Conscious Brides and Beauties, I first talked about the freedom that a woman can experience with a fit lifestyle. This time, I will talk about another important foundation: owning the fitness goal for long-lasting change.

For almost two years since I gained weight, I kept saying that “I want to lose this tummy fat.” Somewhere between the Christmas parties and chocolate-laden Valentine season this year, I managed to find the sweet spot that allowed me to “OWN” my fitness regimen. And I realized that it provided me with the maximum advantage of staying consistent with my pursuits to have a healthier lifestyle this 2014.

It does not necessarily mean that I created my own routine from scratch. That would have been an amazing feat, but I am not that good yet. It’s really more of getting to know my body and what works for me. Some friends get a high out of mountain climbing, hiking, and other intense outdoor activities. It’s quite easy to lose calories from there and I greatly admire those who engage in these forms of leisure.

However, I needed to acknowledge that I might be more suited or inclined to lose weight in another way. The journey was not easy; I tried a lot of things and I ended up not following through on most of them because I got bored, it was too intense for me, or it just did not tickle my fancy as much.

It was like this for so many days until one day, I decided to just let go of my inhibitions and seek out of the box solutions to lose weight in a fun way. I became more open. By chance, I found this video about Marisa Tomei’s fitness scheme through hooping.

Inspired by her example, I began by going back to my childhood physical activities. And I found myself making use of the HULA HOOP again. When I was in third grade, I often played with the hula hoop and enjoyed it so much. I simply bought 2 types of hula hoops three weeks ago: a weighted ring from a sports store and a weightless one from a toy store in the mall. They were quite affordable compared to signing up for a really painful diet plan or exercise regimen.

I alternated my usage of these hoops and popped in with the latest Justin Timberlake music on my iPod. I found a comfortable spot where I can do it regularly. Another friend is good with jumping rope and has been losing weight with it. On my end, I take advantage of some hoop enthusiasts’ claims that 1 hour on the hula hoop is physically equivalent to 500 abdominal crunches. How’s that for fitness? 🙂

After I let myself be wooed into a fit lifestyle by the things I genuinely love, I started seeing results as a secondary goal. The primary goal was to incorporate fitness activities in my otherwise sedentary life and make it a fun experience. Once it became fun, I slowly introduced other less fun modes of working out. But I only did that once I was able to ingrain the daily habit of working out and sweating in a healthy way.

I was no longer restricted by what others prescribed as a fast, proper, or legitimate way to lose weight. I am fortunate enough to have a mini-gym in the area where I live. Some people benefit greatly from the programs that a basic gym membership provides. But  even without the gym, I still thrive in my fitness goals even in simple open spaces where I can shake my body to the rhythm of the undulating hoop on my neck, torso, and waist.

As soon as I was able to call the workout and stamp my personal preferences and personality in it, it became easier and easier to implement. It became as natural as breathing to me and part of my daily system like brushing teeth or getting 7 hours of sleep each night. 

Even when I am tired after a whole day’s work, I manage to have the willingness to continue or maintain my schedule of working out from 7pm to 8:30pm. And it does not seem like too much work because I was really doing things that relax me and things that I like. In times where I have to dine out with some people, I make sure that I have a latent form of exercise to compensate.

It’s also good to have a fitness buddy or someone to work out with. But what if the buddy is unavailable? Vacations, life circumstances, and other factors may hinder a regular schedule with another person. There will still be days where you really have to exercise alone. Being internally motivated with naturally pleasurable activities makes it easier to manage with or without a fitness buddy to spur you on. Also, there are certain target areas you want to focus on in your workout that may not be your fitness buddy’s target body regions. Monopolizing your workout modes is another chief advantage of being able to shed off the pounds regardless of who is with you on the workout area.

Owning the decision to be fit and personalizing it to fit you like a glove is really a big advantage in finding fitness solutions that will outlast fleeting fads in improving your figure.


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