Loving yourself

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Breathing Gratitude

Thursday, April 24, 2014


THROUGHOUT the year I struggle to find time for exercise, but with all the roles that I juggle—as a mom, a teacher, an entrepreneur and a TV host— I could barely get to do it.

So when summer break came around, I thought this was the very thing that I wanted to do because I knew how much I’ve been neglecting myself in this aspect.

After the end of the school year, I found myself looking at an empty planner and being able to wake up whenever I wanted. This was definitely the luxury that I looked forward to after a productive school year, and I loved it!

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As always, whenever I’ve stopped exercise for a while, I had to condition my mind and push myself to enroll at the gym.

Because I tend to get bored with one type of exercise done over and over again, Eclipse Gym has become the perfect solution for me because it offers an unlimited, all-access entry into their studio classes, spinning classes and the use of gym equipment for a flat rate of P1,800 a month. Not bad at all, especially if you were to maximize the use of all the facilities!

I had to try the latest craze in Bacolod, which is spinning. To get a slot in any of the classes, one has to come early to reserve a bicycle. Spinning is just simply indoor cycling with variations that allow the different muscle groups to get a good workout, too. I find it very enjoyable with the pumping music and the laser lights; it actually feels like a party! It also gives me a really good sweat, which is indicative of a great workout for me, as I’m not one to sweat easily. They say an hour of spinning could burn from 600 to 900 calories!

I also tried out many of the classes such as yoga, trx, boot camp, taebo and zumba and I found out that doing a variety of these classes keeps me wanting to go back everyday.

For me, the thing that makes a workout effective and sustainable is when it is enjoyable, and that is the blessing that I’m experiencing now.

In yoga class, our instructor, Lally Arceo constantly reminds us to forget about everything and devote that hour to ourselves fully. It reminds me why I am doing this in the first place. Being healthy and losing weight is a great benefit, but the thing that brings me there everyday is the experience of taking care of myself.

This mundane habit of going to the gym everyday is a big act of love and respect for myself. In taking care of my body and my health, I am telling myself that I am worthy to be loved and cared for.

Many times we get too busy with our daily affairs that we tend to neglect ourselves. But it is important to STOP… and take time off everything that we are busy with, to take care of ourselves. It is better to be proactive about taking care of ourselves before any negative reminder like sickness comes around.

As Stephen Covey’s 7th habit says, ‘Sharpen the saw.’ Stopping to take care of ourselves makes us more effective and more efficient so it is important to do this once in a while.

Just as there are different love languages, there are different ways we need to be loved. Some of us need to rest, to pray, to go on a retreat, to get a doctor’s checkup, or to read a good book. Whatever it is you need to do for yourself, go ahead and do it. Love yourself today.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on April 24, 2014.

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