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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at UCSC chapter.

I love going to the gym. I love doing my ten-minute warm up on the treadmill and I love lifting heavy weights afterward.

I also love doing yoga. I love stretching and feeling every push and pull within my body.

I don’t love running. I don’t love how my boobs start to feel after a minute or two of running, nor do I love feeling like my chest is going to explode every second that my feet are hitting the ground.

Guess what I do most of the time?

If you guessed weight lifting and yoga, you’d be correct! I’ve tried all sorts of things to keep my body moving and healthy, from rigorous hikes to guided videos of pilates (which are admittedly, my comfort workout videos). Nothing has quite piqued my interest, however, like weight lifting. Yoga too, but I mostly use yoga as a way to de-stress or start my day.

I feel empowered and strong when I’m lifting weights that are just as heavy as me. I like the time under tension and hitting PR’s every once in a while, and I do think that everyone should at least try lifting weights once in their lives.

However, not everyone is going to feel that way. I’m sure there’s someone out there who hates weight lifting in the same way that I hate running, and if that’s you, I want to reiterate: that’s okay. 

There are a million different ways you can move your body, and you shouldn’t force yourself to do some random workout routine because your best friend is doing it or you saw it on TikTok. Like diet, exercise is personal and individualized. What works for some people is not going to work for others.

Moving your body should be fun, so I encourage you all to go out, try something new, and see what makes you want to move your body, because I guarantee you, that’s what you’re going to stick with.

My name is Ashti (she/her), I am currently an undergraduate History of Asia and the Pacific major with an Education minor at UCSC.