Now that my race is over, I have been thinking about what this blog is going to be. I don't know if I want to just blog about anything I like or if I want to focus it on one thing. I could have a couple of blogs, maybe one could be sports related, one could be fitness/nutrition, etc. Who knows... for now, I'm going to talk about working out.... again
Working out has never been a part of my life. When I was growing up, I took dance. I was in the studio 4-5 days a week because I took ballet/pointe, jazz, tap, modern and I was a part of the Dance Company. I also went to the Fine Arts Center all 4 years of high school, so I didn't have to worry about being fit. I was always active. I went to college for dance, but it didn't work out. Many of you know that I quit drinking in 2000, where I began my sedentary life style. In addition to replacing drinking with food, I also got a desk job and began my downward spiral to a life of eating poorly, weight gain and guilt.
I worked out some in college, but it wasn't until the end of 2007 that I started to turn everything around. Since then, I feel like I have experimented with a lot of different styles of working out. I think all of us decide at some point in our life that we want to work out. We join a gym, thinking that's our only option and then we walk in this huge facility not knowing what to do. Here are a couple of styles that you can try.
Boxing and Martial Arts...
I don't know what pic to put here because there are so many things you can do. There is Jiu Jitsu, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Boxing, and about a bazillion others. I have taken boxing classes, and I've seen Brasilian Jiu Jitsu, I haven't done any of the others. I like boxing and it gets my heart rate up. My arms always get really tired and if you don't care about looking like a dork (which I do not), you can put everything you have in it and get a good workout in 30 minutes. I have some friends that went to 9 Rounds and love it. One of my friends even lost a lot of weight and continues to go. The benefits of this is that it's fun, again, it gives you a community to be a part of, but I wonder if it would get kind of repetitive after a while.
Yoga and Pilates
There more things that one can do, and while people that are devoted to one thing (usually crossfitters!!) say that there's is the best, I think you'd be ok doing any of them. I probably do a combination of all when I'm not training for a half. If you want to get healthy, try anything. Go outside and walk. When I first started thinking about getting active, I had a friend say, just walk away from your house for 10 minutes and then walk back. The WRONG thing that we focus on as a country is getting thin... what we should be thinking about is getting healthy and being active is one aspect of that. So, get up and go do something RIGHT NOW!