I don’t talk very much about exercise on this blog. I’m not sure I’ve ever talked about it, actually. But it’s part of a healthy lifestyle, right?! I should talk about it more.
Without going in to my whole fitness life story, let’s just say that I used to be super active. I did gymnastics as a kid, and as an adult, I’ve been into, yoga, pilates, African dance, hiking, karate (I even got my black belt in the spring of 2010). You name it…I’ve done it. In the last year, however, I stopped doing physical activity on a regular basis. Yes I’d exercise here and there (I still do karate), but I’d also go for weeks at a time and do pretty much nothing. There are lots of reasons (aka excuses) for why this was the case, but as my 41st birthday was approaching a few weeks ago, I decided I needed to do something radical to get myself moving again.
Enter Elizabeth from the fabulous blog Guilty Kitchen. I read this post and knew just what to do. I ordered INSANITY! I got started with the workouts a few days ago, and they are, indeed, pretty insane.
But in a good way ;)
In order to make sure I get my workouts in, I’ve been getting up early to do them. I used to wake long before my kids, make a cup of tea, and settle in at the computer to look at my email, go on twitter, read other blogs, etc. Now I skip all that, opting instead to drink a big glass of water and pop in whichever Insanity DVD I’m doing that day. Experience has taught me that if I don’t get my exercise in first thing, it just doesn’t happen, so as long as I follow through, this schedule is working quite well. I am never hungry when I wake up, so it’s no problem waiting until after I exercise to eat.
What’s your relationship to exercise? What are your secrets for getting regular physical activity? Do you go to a gym? Work out at home? Exercise outside? Or do you skip exercising entirely? Please share with me in the comments section below. Also, if you have any tips for staying motivated, I’d love to hear those, too.