WHY I BELIEVE IN BEING ACTIVE & NOT WORKING OUT

WHY I BELIEVE IN BEING ACTIVE & NOT WORKING OUT

Happy Friday, my beautiful friends!

Today I want to talk about something that I’ve honestly wanted to discuss for some time now.

My Philosophy in staying active and not exercising 

When I first started to see Kate my eating disorder coach, almost four years ago, she would tell me to be more active and not focus on working out and exercising.

I didn’t understand what the difference was and then she explained that when we focus on working out or exercising it can form unhealthy thoughts and behaviors in us.

AS someone who has a hard time staying in the middle and not using food, exercise and more as a way to deal with my mood and anger it really made a significant impact on the way I viewed myself and life.

I used to associate being skinny with not eating and over exercising.

I now focus on feeling great, improving my mood and just staying more active.

Sometimes I start walking and then it turns into a run.

Sometimes i just walk.

I might do yoga.

WHY I BELIEVE IN BEING ACTIVE & NOT WORKING OUT

My momma bear and me on a hike 

I recently started incorporating weights into my routine and felt like a lot of the yoga poses I was having trouble with before have improved.

I no longer keep an eye on the clock.

I have also learned to listen to my mind and really see what works for me and what doesn’t.

I have a very competitive side and can really start an unhealthy competition with myself. Group classes aren’t my thing because I end up pushing myself into a place where I am no longer enjoying what I am doing and just want to be the best.

Earlier this year I started going to yoga classes and pushed myself a little more than I should in pigeon pose. It ended up back firing and I ended up pulling something. While I do go to some yoga classes, I do remember that just because the instructor can or the person next can, does not imply anything about me.

I also remember that if the week before I was able to do something and this week I cannot it is also okay.

I went to Denver in August and we went hiking. I wasn’t able to go at my normal speed and had to stop a few times to get some air. The change of altitude, and the air played an impact on my speed. I had to remember that it was okay.

That being said.

Babes we all have our own path and journey to follow.

I think we are always figuring out what works and what doesn’t.

Our minds and bodies are always evolving and it’s important to keep an eye and ear out to our changes.

Staying comfortable when working out is also SOO important to me.

I have boobs and finding a sport bra that works for me can be a struggle.

Worrying about how I look and if it is doing it’s job, is the last thing I want to think when I am trying to enjoy myself and blow of some steam.

YES, I do think that staying more active is a way to release any built up energy or weird emotions.

That’s why I decided to partner up with Handful.

WHY I BELIEVE IN BEING ACTIVE & NOT WORKING OUT

being able to do funky stuff on a hike is perfect when you feel comfortable in what you are wearing 

I love their motto flatter not flatten.

Remember babes, listen to yourself, listen to your soul. Let go of the terms exercising and working out and focus more on movement. Feel good about what you are doing. AS someone who focuses on what is better for your hormones and mood, it is sometimes better to just stay more active throughout the day than just for 30 or 45 minutes.

Alright babes, I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me! How adorable are all of these clothes?? I love their message and the fact that it is about flattering your body!

The colors are all great, and bright perfect for the yogi, runner that I am.

I’m gonna link to everything piece that I am wearing here today!

I am wearing the Handful Y Back Bra 

I am wearing the Handful Flippin’ Awesome Scoop Tank 

I am wearing the Handful Squeeze Play Capri 

WHY I BELIEVE IN BEING ACTIVE & NOT WORKING OUT

I want to thank Handful for sponsoring this post, it truly means the world to me when I get to work with brand and company that are on the same mindset as Follow Our Passion. Thank you so much for making Follow Our Passion possible! 

Andrea Broom

Hi! I'm Andrea. A girl who loves her chocolate as much as her greens.

33 Comments
  1. This is eye opening for sure. You gave me a lot to think about in regards to my state of mind when it comes to exercising. Thank you.

    1. I am so glad. I feel like we can get into a negative space when it comes to exercise and it is important to stay mindful and healthy about it 🙂

  2. I’ve never really thought about it before, but it makes sense that it is better to be active overall rather than focusing on “working out”. I know I tend to overdue it myself when I start up a new exercise routine!

    1. Totally know what you mean, which is why I feel like if I focus more on staying active than “working out” I don’t get into a negative place.

  3. I think it is important to just focus on being active. You do not need to go do classes or join a gym. Just getting out and moving can do a lot. I love the outfit you are wearing. The pants would be perfect for me.

    1. It happens, I mean I go to the gym a few times a week to do weights, I also do a lot of yoga, I think it just the mentality that we think we need to workout for this and this reason instead of just staying active. 🙂

  4. yes being active itself is a form of workout! i like going to the gym but since i travel lots, sometime i cannot. it is those time that i engage myself with being active and it doubles as fun time too!

  5. Interesting! This is a different perspective for me but I agree with this. I think I would enjoy more if I am active than to just exercise.

  6. Wow. I wish I was in the place you are as well. I’m having huge troubles accepting my weight (I gained a lot in the past years) and not being able to stick to a diet or to an exercise routine. Whenever I manage to lose some, after a few weeks it all comes back and push me in a depression of not being able to do anything write. This is an amazing post. It helps people like me.

  7. I definitely agree that being active and going to explore nature is a lot more fun than working out. I try to go for walks on the trail around my house as often as I can. Seeing animals on the trail beats watching a screen for an hour in the gym.

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