Health/Fitness

My Everlasting Relationship With Gym

I've been fully committed to a wonderful place where I've discovered magical things like dumbbells, squat racks and stairmasters.

I am not single. Not even a little bit.

In fact, I’ve been out of the market for quite a while. Who am I talking about? Well, first off… it’s not a who, it’s a what. I’ve been fully committed to a wonderful place where I’ve discovered magical things like dumbbells, squat racks and stairmasters. I don’t blame you if you think calling it a ‘relationship’ is going too far, but once I explain myself you’ll understand what I mean.

P.S. From now on, I’ll refer to the gym as an actual person in order to explain myself more clearly, so bare with me.

Before I met Gym, I wasn’t completely happy. As a teenager, I was dealing with a shattered self-esteem, a lack of friends and a serious load of bottled-up anger. I didn’t have an outlet to express myself. I ended up relying on others to validate my worth because I wasn’t comfortable in my own skin.

I met Gym after my parents bought a house in a neighborhood that had an extensive exercise area. I remember walking into his office after a rough day. Next thing I knew, I was meeting up with him every day. We had developed this unspoken bond by which he gave me the space that I needed to grow physically and mentally while I paid him back with 100% of my efforts in every set I completed. You see, Gym didn’t talk back to me. He didn’t try to analyze me or judge me. He let me be… and for the first time in my life, I was able to breathe.

My relationship with Gym is the healthiest relationship I’ve ever been in. Do you know what’s the greatest thing about it? By committing myself to him, I’m instantly taking care of myself. I am setting away time to do what I have to do to be where I want to be. Not only do I feel confident in my own skin, but I’m also at peace with myself. My stress level declines with every drop of sweat I spill onto the mat after a hard exercise. My mood changes instantly after I hear a beat drop while I’m trying to do a bicep curl and keep my arms from turning into jello.

I made myself a promise a long time ago, which was to put myself first. My relationship with Gym will probably last onto eternity because it’s one of the greatest things in my life. It makes me a better person, and isn’t that what relationships are all about?

If you haven’t found your love for Gym yet, I encourage you to seek him out. We all could use a Gym in our lives.

XOXO,

Manuela

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