After the heaviness of yesterday’s post, I thought we could keep things a little lighter and have some fun on the blog today. Also, some people said that yesterday’s post triggering in some ways. That was not my intention at all. I only wanted to introduce you all to a concept that I recently learned about and am working on in my own life. I wanted to share with you Isabel’s message because I truly think she can help people who struggle with food and diet issues. That’s it. I in no way wanted it to seem like I was promoting restriction of any kind. In fact, my whole point was that restriction is limiting and is usually only occurs to cope with something else going on in our lives or for control. This is something I struggle with too and I felt like people may be able to relate. I am very sorry if it came across in the wrong way.
Okay…onto the fun!
I’ve shared my (and others!) weird eating habits before…but then I thought, my absurdity doesn’t stop there. What about quirks when it comes to exercise and fitness? We ALL have them. Even if we admit it or not. 😉
So today, we’re getting a little wacky. I’m sharing some of my fitness quirks and a bunch from the community that people were willing to share with me.
The biggest thing I learned? We’re all a little bit kooky! We all have our habits and routines that give us some comfort or are just so ingrained in us that we can’t help them anymore. And ya know what? That’s totally okay! Embrace the weird.
Here are a few of mine…
+ Tongue out
Without thinking, whenever I am lifting weights, working really hard, or pushing my self, my tongue goes out and covers my upper lip. I look like such a goof and only ever catch myself if I happen to look in the mirror. When I do catch myself, I wonder how long I’ve been looking like this kid…
I promise you I don’t look as adorable!
To get through a tough set I always of weight lifting, or even cardio exercises, I always count down from the number that I plan on doing. It’s probably all psychosomatic, but for some reason it makes things (seem to) go quicker. Sometimes I break the counting down into multiples of the number, too! For example counting down from 4 three times for a set of 12 reps.
+Ending workouts on rounded time numbers or distance
Could be my OCD coming through, but I have to end runs and even times workouts on whole or round numbers. I like ending runs on number with ending digits of 0 or 5, especially. So instead of 3.63, I would run until I hit 3.65 or 3.7. Same goes for when I am timing a workout! I end on 30 minutes 10 seconds as opposed to 30:07. Makes the workout or run seem more complete for some reason!
+Have to listen to something
Maybe this makes me a ‘fake runner’, but I NEED to be listening to something when I run or workout. Even though most times I end up zoning out in my own head anyways, I need some sort of noise to keep me occupied. If I’m at the gym I watch TV and if I’m lifting weights or running, I listen to podcasts. They keep me engaged and keep me from over thinking my exercise. In fact, I would probably skip a workout at the gym if I forgot headphones….yeaaah, I’m one of those people! 😉
Now that I’ve shared mine, here are some other funky fitness quirks from the community…
Sunny | I always hold a gulp of water in my mouth at the start line before I race, then swallow it when the gun goes off! I’m pretty sure it doesn’t do anything in terms of hydration but it’s a little good luck ritual I’ve developed over the years.
Morgan | Singing the song ‘Check Yes Juliet’ in my head for the duration of a race. I started freshman year of high school when I was obsessed with that song, and now it’s so ingrained in my routine that I can’t help it anymore!
Jessica | I still swing my arms up and over my head like I did when I was a swimmer, gets the blood moving. I also listen to Hold On by Sean Paul. 🙂
Kyanna | I have two. 1) I must watch Dancing with the Stars before leaving my house on a race day and 2) Chi-raq must be the first song I listen to when I start my races.
Mary-Elizabeth | For me, no workout is complete without fueling up with my strange-sounding but amazing-tasting avocado and edamame smoothie, then cranking up my fitness playlist, consisting entirely of Broadway show tunes and Disney soundtracks. Keeps me energized, motivated and having fun throughout my whole sweat session!
Rebecca | Does sleeping in you workout clothes so you actually make it to the gym at 5am count?
Lauren | Love having my runs end on even numbers such as a full mile or a half a mile when I’m using my GPS watch.
Jerusha | If I’m doing a long run, I have to wear or bring something that’s lucky…. Usually it;s a Pez dispenser my son gave me for Valentine’s Day. Also, I absolutely cannot finish my runs with any 5’s anywhere in my stats… No times, no mileage, nothing with the number 5 in it.
Emily | Double knotting and tucking in my shoe laces so I don’t trip (been there done that). Also, if I’m running outside, I stop to pick up heads-up pennies and/or turn over heads-down pennies for someone else to find.
Julia | When I go for a run, I HAVE to be holding onto the connecting piece where the headphones split. I’m not worried about the headphones falling out or anything, it’s just a security thing for me.
Chrissy | When I’m running an out-and-back run and get to the turnaround point, I have to touch a tree, street sign , or something else around that area. I have no idea how I got into that habit but always do it now.
Farrah | I practice hula/Tahitian or do bodyweight exercises when I have idle moments where I just gotta stand and wait around for a while (e.g. brushing my teeth, reheating my food, waiting for super-cold shower water to warm up…etc.) :p
Aileen | I always work up to a round number. So if I’m running and I reach the end of my route and my tracker says 3.83 miles, I have to run until it clicks over to 4 miles. If I’m doing a cross training workout and my time is 47 minutes, I do some more reps to get to 50 minutes. I think my even number thing is a bit OCD! I even planed my children so they were born in even-numbered years (06, 08, 10, 12!).
Thanks for sharing everyone! It’s good to know we’re not alone in our idiosyncrasies and habits.
So now I’m curious…
What weird fitness quirks do YOU have? Share in the comments!
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