One thing I can share with you about exercising today is that we are not all created to do the same type of work out.
Fad exercises are just as insane as fad diets. And I, my friends, have fell into fad exercises time and time again. When I started regularly exercising around age 19 I loved the weight room. I did stair climbers, elliptical, and some lifting. In college I shifted to running and it was my favorite thing to do in the world because I could experience runner’s high and leave the world for a little while. One time I was running in Greensboro, NC and seriously had no clue how I had gone so far (and wound up in a neighborhood I didn’t know at all because my mind was just free to be!) After I had my first child I got into the Zumba rage and was doing it up to four times a week. Then I transitioned back to weights and running.
Different types of exercise are considered “trendy” at different times. I remember when running was nothing spectacular. Now there are stores solely devoted to it. There are clothing lines that are built around it.
Zumba was probably the trendiest little work out I ever did. It was fun in that – I’m too old for the club but love to dance – kind of way. Unfortunately, zumba is not something I really care for anymore. It was a fun way to get back into fitness but there are a couple things I dislike that zumba is all about choreography and choreography. Yeah no not this girl.
Pilates/Yoga aren’t trendy but trendy styles of them show up from time to time. Hot yoga, cold yoga, dark yoga, dog yoga, goat yoga, naked yoga, dance yoga (what the what?)
We can go on and on but let’s move this post forward.
Through trying different methods of exercise I have been able to identify exactly what I want, need, and like in a work out. I know I do not care to feel like I’m dancing. I like my movements to be methodical and intentional and a challenge.
Dance based exercise does not work for me. And I hate choreography. I suck at choreography. Did I mention that?
I also need high intensity interval training. Tabata has been the best thing to happen to me in ages as far as work outs go. I like pushing myself to the max for 30, 60, or 90 seconds – feeling like I cannot go on any more, and then doing it all over again for a optimal thirty minute work out.
A recipe for a good workout for me is:
Sweat, lots of it
Force, make those muscles shake
Challenge, nothing is easy that works
I challenge you to identify your workout preference. If you walk then that’s great but maybe you need to do more for yourself. If you’re under 85 I suggest you do more than walk. But hey that’s me and I share classes with a 70 year old who runs 10 miles a day, lifts, and cycles. If you jog maybe it’s time to add a sprint. Lifting can be really fun and totally necessary ladies! Our bones begin deterioration in mid life and lifting can help make them stronger.
I also challenge you to step out of your box. I had said a few years ago I would never cycle. I hate bikes. I hate the seat and the idea of pedaling. It “bored me.” Then a few weeks ago my friend Elizabeth expressed interest in a cycle class. I had told her, “I don’t do bikes.” But she was in that fresh and ready to go work out zone and I didn’t want to stifle her so I said, let’s do it.
I took one class and was hooked. I still hate the bike, the seat, the whole freaking thing but when I’m pushing that heavy load up the hill I feel like a million (dying) dollars and it makes it worth it.
My goal with this post today is to challenge you to find your exercise match. Find your passion that makes you want to be healthier inside and out. An exercise that challenges your mind and body and gives you what you need – the feeling of accomplishment.
My Current Work Out Schedule
Mondays – running/elliptical
Wednesdays – Les Mills Combat (I suck at it but its fun – its a mix of martial arts so there is some choreography thus making me suck at it)
Thursdays – Les Mills Sprint (HIIT Cycle)
Saturdays – running/elliptical
Days off: Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday
Be inspired – get sweaty!