I was so humbled and grateful to receive this guest blog post from a fitness friend. Please enjoy Cheryl’s testimony and words of wisdom!
Anyone who’s had the opportunity to go to one of Cassie’s classes knows how special they are. So when my husband and I moved back to North Carolina two years ago, I knew that those classes (along with our fitness family there) were one of the things we’d miss the most. The high fives, the sense of community, the inspiration…
I’m not going to lie – that experience has been irreplaceable. BUT the fitness must go on! Of course, I’m not alone in facing big life changes. They happen to all of us – and will only continue to happen. That’s why I wanted to share a few of the ways I coped after the big move. Maybe they’ll give you some ideas next time you’re trying to establish a new fitness normal.
Work out with YouTube
My husband, Mark, and I couldn’t find a reasonably-priced group fitness class we liked, so I turned to YouTube. I like instructor-led workouts, so the tons of free ones on YouTube have filled that hole for me. Here are some of my favorites (probably because the exercises and principles are similar to Cassie’s classes):
Workout videos aren’t just for girls, either. There’s plenty of manly content out there! Mark enjoys some of the Fitness Blender videos since you can play your own music with them.
Keep the mantra alive
In addition to my YouTube workouts, I also love getting outside to run. I remember one dreadful run last year, though. Towards the end, my legs were like lead and I sooo wanted to quit. Then, out of nowhere, I heard a voice saying, “You can do 30 seconds of anything!” I finished the run, and since then, I find myself grabbing hold of that mantra over and over again. Whether it’s 15, 30, 60 seconds or more, those words I heard Cassie say in every class stuck with me. The “You can do XX seconds of anything!” mantra is a source of strength when I need it. (Oh, and I totally still “high five” after I finish working out – even if I have to give one to myself!)
Follow the blog (duh!)
I followed Habitude Fitness before we moved, but it has been even more of a blessing now that I can’t see Cassie weekly. It keeps healthy habitudes top of mind, and it’s wonderful to get a continual flow of inspiration (and kicks in the rear). Plus, I feel more accountable and mindful thanks to the Habitude Fitness community.
Embrace new activities
I’ll never stop missing Cassie’s classes, but not having them challenges Mark and me to explore new ways to be active. It addition to running around our lovely town, there are great trails nearby, so we find ourselves doing a lot of hiking these days. Our town is also very bike-friendly, so we’ve been going on more bike rides, too. On more daring days, we even mix the two – mountain biking! As someone who hasn’t always been confident on a bike, I have to admit that I’m really proud of myself!
This one is hard for me. After we moved, I was really scared about getting out of our workout routine. I had liked knowing the exact days and times I’d work out every week. I felt a lot of pressure to immediately find a new routine, but for a variety of reasons, doing so wasn’t that simple. Honestly, two years after the move, Mark and I still don’t follow the same workout routine every week. However, I’ve learned to be patient with the situation. I recognize that the important thing is that we still make a conscious effort to be active. Meanwhile, I realized the other day that we didn’t even find Cassie’s classes until we’d live in Grayslake for four years! Who knows what we’ll come across after two more years in NC!
Change is good. And exciting. And scary. And tough. It’s inevitable, and I know we’re better equipped to handle it when we’re in good shape – both physically and mentally. Figuring out the new normal takes time, but don’t give up. If you need to, just take it one minute at a time. You can do 60 seconds of anything!Your Friend and Trainer,
Cheryl and Cassie