I was never big on exercise – because frankly, I didn’t like it! But that has changed after I joined the Tone It Up community and learned how to love myself through exercise!

How I learned to love myself through exercise
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I never played a sport when I was in school. I joined a dancing class that was in town and that I really enjoyed. But after a while, they closed down and I never picked up a sport again. I always had the excuse that my school work was more important because I actually enjoyed school for the most part.

But in university in my last year, I actually started having hives from stress and I knew I had to do something. So I downloaded light yoga and aerobic exercises from YouTube to do in my very small flat. And it worked a bit to release some tension.

Fast forward to adulthood I again slacked on the exercise department, until my sister forwarded me a link to the Tone it Up website and their free workouts on YouTube and I was hooked!

I loved the short exercises and the motivation that they brought to the workout. I downloaded a few of the workouts at a coffee shop to do at home because I didn’t have internet at home at the time.

Last year, in May, I joined their Studio Tone it Up App. (The app is available on Android and Apple) And so far I loved it. Because I have uncapped internet at home, it makes it easy to follow the workouts.

Studio Tone it up app
Image credit: Screen Shot from the Studio Tone It Up website

So to be clear I don’t have the results that are shown on their website, because I don’t follow their guidelines to a T. But they have thought me a lot this past year.

Things I’ve learned from exercise – And How it Turned to Self-love

  1. I am surprised how much I am capable off
  2. Not every day will be a good day, but If your workout is not good today, it will definitely be better tomorrow!
  3. Your body doesn’t feel the same each day. Even if you do the same workout routine/video, your body will react differently week to week, day to day. And that is okay – just keep going.
  4. Every day is progress even if it doesn’t feel that way
  5. Results will not happen in 2 weeks, but rather 4 to 8 weeks – be patient
  6. I really do feel better after a workout! And the day I didn’t work out I feel sluggish
  7. Making the time to workout and showing up really feels great!
  8. Exercise is a form of self-care.
  9. My mood and outlook on life have changed to a more positive one, and I hope to convey it to those around me.

5 things that the Tone it Up community taught me

  1. Give yourself grace. You are doing the best you can.
  2. Surround yourself with positive people with a great outlook on life. Then you also become more positive.
  3. When women support each other, great things happen.
  4. When you show up for a workout, you show up for yourself
  5. Living your life and having that chocolate will not be the end of the world. Live your life – it is a journey, not a race.

The TIU community of women are so inspiring and lately, they have been absolutely killing it on their YouTube channel. You can check out their latest Wine not Wednesdays videos here where they had some of their best content to date, in my opinion.

I would love to buy their nutrition plan, but that hasn’t been in the budget yet. But maybe at the end of this year!

How I schedule my workouts

Because we are not on the same time zone as the US, and I like to workout in the morning, I cannot really use the scheduling feature in the app. I did last winter when I worked out late afternoon and the reminder the app gives you really keeps you accountable.

Every Sunday I receive the weekly workout schedule by email and then I just write it in my weekly planner. If I forgot to do it, I look up the workout in the morning that they recommend for the day and then I find it in the ‘on demand’ section in the app. Easy peasy.

Workout Schedule for the week send straight to my inbox
Screen shot from the email that I receive

The workouts vary in length and they are constantly uploading new workouts. So you never get bored! Today, I completed my ‘Ultimate Morning HIIT’ workout and I worked up quite a sweat!

The app is subscription based, but in my opinion, it is really affordable. It is my ‘gym membership’ every month. And it is convenient, because I don’t have to drive anywhere and I don’t care how I look when I workout, because no one sees me.

Since joining the app, I’ve been looking forward to working out every day. And I really hope to continue working out with the TIU girls for a long time!

Please note! this is not a sponsored post! I just love the community and wanted to share it!

Until next time – Keep it Classy!

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