It’s been a struggle for me to keep up a workout routine. Even though I have a couch-to-5K schedule to follow, things like vacation and illness throw it off, and before long it’s like I never had a routine at all. After going to Hawaii and then being sick for a week, I was antsy to get back into running. I wanted my schedule back, and more than that, I wanted back the sense of better wellness that I’d gotten from running regularly.
Running again felt good. I used muscles that hadn’t been used in a while, worked up a sweat, and got the most exercise I’d gotten in two weeks. That felt nice, for obvious reasons.
Making the change to be more active has obvious physical benefits, but the advantages of making other body- and health-related changes are less easily defined. Body image blogs are constantly urging readers to make little changes and try new things in an effort to discover their unique style and feel better about the way they look. Working up the nerve to wear colored tights, or even to wear a skirt when you usually wear pants, can lead to a tremendous increase in confidence and happiness. But what is it about those little changes that feels so nice?
For me, it’s usually the feeling of pure accomplishment. It’s getting that mental “gold star” or checking something off a list. It means hey, I did something – something different and out of my comfort zone, and I survived it. Heck, I might even do it again.
Other times, it’s an outside source, like getting a compliment, that does the trick. I’ll feel much better about a fashion choice if someone else notices the difference and praises it. It doesn’t make or break my style, but it feels pretty neat.
Why does change feel good to you?