Monday, February 18, 2013

The Song That Kept Me Moving During Workouts

Early on in my journey to veganism, I knew that I needed to incorporate exercise into my new lifestyle. For the first month of going vegan, I only focused on the food. Once I felt comfortable with the food that I was eating, then I knew I had to take the next step and start working out. I had seen a commercial with this song playing as a woman climbed to the the top of some rocks she was climbing on. It really resonated with me and I added it to my workout playlist.

My new exercise routine included using the Zombies, Run! app as a way to spice up my workout. Just as the song was approaching the chorus, I had a pack of zombies trailing me and the app told me to RUN. I hadn't worked out in... well, ever. The first month of veganism had been stressful, overwhelming, and I didn't realize how much I was holding in until I ran at that moment. My husband and dog were far behind me as I blazed past them and kept running until the song finished.

I am not trying to be dramatic at all, but tears streamed down my face as I ran. The journey had just begun and if I was able to look back and give myself advice on that day, it would simply be: keep going. Not running per se, but going on the path that I was. I had to encourage myself every day and this song really just stuck with me and played every time I exercised. It's been too long since I exercised and I am lucky that by eating a vegan diet, I have been able to shed 35 lbs., most of which was lost long after I stopped exercising regularly.

This is clearly a testament to the amazing benefits of my diet, but this song truly inspired me to keep doing, just a little further, each time I stepped out onto the hiking trail in the Greenbelt or onto the treadmill in my gym. We'll be moving to another apartment complex in less than a couple months, but I will make more time to visit the gym that will be less than a quarter of a mile away. Enjoy the video below and let me know which songs inspire you during your workout!

Kelsey is a passionate vegan living in Houston, Texas, spreading the word about the benefits of eating a healthy, plant-based diet. She's also a minimalist enthusiast, a self-proclaimed financial guru of her household, and founder of The Little Red Journal.

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