Sometimes I think it’s important to remember not to compare ourselves to other bloggers…or to other people in general.
It can be so easy to get caught in a comparison trap of any kind. I’m ashamed to admit that I have been getting caught in such a trap these past few months (actually probably more like 6 months).
One thing I have noticed is that I’ve felt pressure (which I totally put on myself) to be incredibly fit. I’ve seen all of these intense workouts that other bloggers do, sometimes for hours a day, and wondered why I can’t do it too. So I’ve pushed myself. I’ve created and completed intense workouts and posted about them to show that I too am a really fit blogger.
But you know what? That hasn’t really worked out so well. Intense workouts have a time and place, but I just can’t do them as a majority of my exercise. I’ve tried it. I’ve gotten frustrated when other people can do burpees for a full minute and here I am feeling like I’m going to die at 30 seconds. Hmmm…perhaps it’s because I also did an interval workout the day before and my body can’t handle it? No – I saw it as not being fit enough. So I continued to push myself hard to “increase my fitness”.
In actuality, I was doing too much. Instead of completing a 25 minute interval workout and calling it a day, I would add another half hour of cardio on top of that because I felt like I wasn’t getting in enough exercise. Um…hello?? Lindsay – you are not a professional athlete! You are a normal woman. There is no need to be exercising that much and with that amount of intensity. No wonder I now have bursitis in my hips and feel like crap every time I workout.
I’ve backed off a bit and started to feel slightly (key word here) better, but I definitely need to keep going because I still don’t feel up to par. While I was taking a walk the other day I realized that part of my reason for exercising too intensely was because I wanted to be seen as one of these fit bloggers. I think that in my head I was comparing myself with other bloggers and would berate myself when I couldn’t or didn’t workout with the intensity that they did.
I need to stop this. I need to exercise for me and my health. I need to be happy when I’m doing it and feel good! That is the only way that I will want to continue to have an active life. I don’t want to dread going to the gym.
I’ve loved learning about new fitness and exercise ideas through blogging, but I need to remind myself that I’m an individual and that what works for someone else is not necessarily going to work for me. Sure I can incorporate some of what they do into my own workouts, but it needs to be done on a level that is right for me and my body.
Most importantly, I need to remember that I am a unique individual and that what makes me fit is all I need to worry about!