Then life crept up on me and I no longer enjoyed taking time out of my day to drive to and from the gym or having to make myself look human enough to be seen in public just to get some exercise. I also have no patience left for those lovely feel-good moments when I am huffing and puffing next to slender, no-sweat Barbie. Um, no thanks.
If you follow this blog you know that I am on a mission to be kinder to my body. I may not be that 20-something gym rat anymore but I do have to find time to get in some exercise. At this stage in life it’s all about doing what you enjoy, whether that means hard core weight training, running, Zumba or Wii-Fit.
What do you do for exercise? How do you stay fit?
Walking has always been a way for me to take the edge off. Since the spring I have been walking with my friend Sherri in the evenings a few times a week. (I also try to walk on the nearby path during my son’s soccer practice.) Our regular neighborhood loop is about four miles. It always goes by quickly having a friend to chat with along the way.With fall getting busier and the days are getting shorter it may be more difficult to get in our regular walks. It is already getting dark earlier so I have been taking a flashlight with us lately. At Walmart today I found lightweight mesh reflector vests for just a few dollars each. These are going to be a huge help in making sure that cars can see us when it’s dark outside and they will make us feel more comfortable walking at dusk. What do you think?I have also discovered a love for pilates. I won three trial classes in a raffle at a fundraiser and after those three classes I was hooked. Now I take a semi-private class once a week with two other women in a studio near my house. (One of the two women is my walking buddy, Sherri.)
Rather than being a sweaty exhausted mess after an hour of pilates I always feel so incredibly energized. Pilates focuses on activating our core muscles and releasing unnecessary imbalance and tension. Jackie, our teacher, understands each of our physical strengths and weaknesses, working us towards leaner muscles, better posture and greater range of motion.
At home I supplement the walking and pilates with light weight lifting done using a set of ten pound weights and a kettle bell. I get up from my laptop throughout the day and do three sets of ten anythings. It breaks up the time at my desk without having to schedule separate workout time.
What about you? What do you do for exercise? How are you being kind to your body?
By the way, you can check out my workout shopping trip to Walmart here:
All opinions expressed in this post are purely my own. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. Picture source: Pinterest.