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It’s Here! SOULCYCLE is Officially in SEATTLE!

It’s time to celebrate party people…. SOULCYCLE is OFFICIALLY in Seattle! The SOUL revolution started in NYC and is spreading throughout the country. One of the newest studios is right here in the PNW and you must go check it out! Why?? I’ll explain right here in this post. 

SoulCycle is one of the most amazing group fitness classes I have gone to. I tried it for the first time at the Seattle pop-up last January. My second time was a few weeks ago at the new studio in Bellevue. Isn’t it just a spin class? NOPE. It is so much more than that!  Continue reading It’s Here! SOULCYCLE is Officially in SEATTLE!

Why I Exercise

Have you ever thought about WHY you exercise?

For me, the reasons have changed over time… 

When I first started exercising, it was more of a chore than anything else. I just wanted to burn calories, loose weight and get it over with. Exercise was hard and because it was hard I didn’t look forward to it nor did I find it enjoyable.
In the beginning of my weight loss journey I didn’t realize that these were going to be behaviors that I needed to learn for LIFE. I planned on exercising “as long as I needed to” and then just thought I would go back to living my life how I wanted.

 Wellllllll, I hate to be the barer of bad news, but that is not how things work…  exercise must become a habit so that we can be fit for life. I learned this lesson the hard way (check out my story here)

You HAVE to get past doing exercise only for the calorie burn. After a period of time that will NOT get you out of bed in the morning or motivate you to workout when you feel lazy. It will NOT be enough to make your workouts a priority. Calorie burn may motivate you for the short term, but not for the long term.

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this was me (minus the mcdonalds part) for like 9 months…

You MUST find a reason that will motivate you beyond calorie burn. for some inspiration,
here are 7 reasons that motivate me to workout:

11) the way I feel when I am done
That post workout feeling is amazing! If you were mad about something or frustrated, that feeling is totally gone. You are refreshed, clear minded and ready to go!  The endorphin rush is REAL people! 

72) For the stress relief
Exercise has this way of making all your worries subside. You can “sweat them out”. It’s like with every step or every rep, you slowly let go over stress, self doubt, whatever it may be. Each day you are showing yourself how much you can do. 
Not only does it relieve stress, it also helps you deal with stress more effectively and your patience/tolerance level is higher.

63) I am productive and in a better mood
If I don’t work out, I am crankier and not as nice. Sure I can take a day off, but more than 1 or 2 days and I really start to notice. I also get MUCH more done on the days I do exercise. It’s a major productivity booster!

54) Because it makes me stronger
Not only does it make me physically stronger, it makes me mentally stronger. I am competing against myself and trying to be better every day. By pushing yourself a little more each day, you squash that little voice in your head that tells you that you can’t do it. 

45) The confidence factor
As you change the outside of your body, you also change the inside. While that inner voice gets proven wrong everyday that you push harder than the day before, you learn that you are stronger than you think. You see that you can do things you didn’t think were physically possible for you. This grows your confidence not only in physical ability but also in other areas of your life. 

36) For the amazing community of people
I have said this before, and I will keep saying it: fitness/exercise has introduced me to SO many awesome, high quality, COOL people! I am so thankful for all my #fitfriends. A fit lifestyle is not always easy; however it is much easier with support from others! 
On this note, I am thankful for all of you and the wonderful community that is growing on my blog!! XOXO

27) For the improved quality of life 
Overall it makes you a better person. As Chalene Johnson says, fitness is your first exposure to personal development. It really does make you a better person in all aspects of life, not only on the outside but also on the inside. You feel better, you treat other people (and yourself) better, and life is better. 

Fitness is a JOURNEY there is no end destination. That is the beauty of it really, because you will always be able to continue, learn new things and discover new motivations to workout and exercise. 

If you aren’t currently exercising or struggle to fit your workouts in every week, try using one of these reasons as a motivation! 

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 
XOXO
Stay active!

Sarah

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