Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I joined a new gym. My last gym closed suddenly, so, for three months, I was without a gym. I relied on a little running and a lot of walking for exercise. I did no strength training. I have always said that I love strength training. For some reason, though, apparently I don't love it enough to do it at home, alone. Apparently I need to be around people, with a fitness instructor firing off directions, in order for me to strength train. I have been averaging 4 workouts a week at the gym. It really helps that two of my closest friends also belong to this gym, and we often work out together. Today was the first time I really felt like I was regaining some of the strength and fitness that I lost out on by sitting out for three months. Well, except for last Friday when the workout involved boxing gloves and sparring. I LOVE boxing. Okay, let's be clear - I love the version of boxing that involves cute pink boxing gloves, my best friend with the mitts (I can't remember the real name for those), and me just hitting the target over and over and over - bam bam, bam bam bam. My best friend, who is younger and waaaayyy fitter than me, was shocked at how hard I was hitting. I swear it is because it is in my DNA. One of my great-great-great uncles was the best boxer in Ireland, in his day. Chris Rock had a great joke about how disenfranchised a race of people equating to how fierce the boxers are that they produce. I can't retell the joke here, because I wouldn't be able to do it justice, but it is funny and it makes sense - the Irish are awash with misery throughout history. We are a scrappy people
Anyhoooooo.......I got so into this boxing workout that I lost track of time. Let's be clear, when I am working out at this gym, I am counting the minutes because the workouts are hard. If you have ever watched Biggest Loser and see their Last Chance workouts, then you know what kind of workout I am doing. But, when I was punching my little heart out, and all of a sudden class was over, I was stunned. I could have kept going. I love finding exercise that I truly enjoy. Certain types of exercises (mountain climbers are of the devil, I am convinced - UGH) are just to be gotten through, others are to be relished and enjoyed. Then there are the types of exercise on my "should" list. Yoga has been on my "should" list for a long time. I do it here and there, sporadically. I have finally decided that, for me, yoga is more like a condiment than a full meal deal kind of exercise. I will sprinkle it throughout my day - some stretches in the morning, some before and after exercise, and when I feel tightness in my back, then I throw in some yoga moves and I feel better. I don't have to feel guilty about not adding an actual class to my life at this point. Zumba and Pilates are definitely on my "should" list. For now, though, I am enjoying doing a Boot Camp type class that suits me because it is 45 minutes as opposed to an hour (that makes a big difference to me, mentally) and because my friends often meet me there. I supplement with lots of walking and some hikes here and there. No running right now. I still love running, so I am planning on folding it back into the mix. So Sparklers, is there an exercise you love, or one you would love to love?