Tuesday, March 19, 2013
As I wrote in my last blog, my unique and fun Zumba studio where I worked out with friends -and felt comfortable and inspired- has closed. (insert sad face here)
In the past few weeks, I have been working hard to keep up with my usual workout routine and have explored a number of gyms nearby (and not so nearby) as well as Zumba and dance-fitness specific studios. I have also gone on long (LONG) walks with my three one year olds in their stretch-limo like stroller, made more use of my elliptical at home and pulled out the yoga mat for some living room poses. I have touched base with a few of my studio friends online and am looking forward to continuing to connect with them regularly.
I have not been able to find a way to mix my exercise needs (Zumba/dance, yoga, intro to strength training) with my childcare and social needs all in one place (especially something frugal) but today I came a lot closer than I had been before.
I found a brand new gym, literally a half mile from my house that I can walk to with the kiddos (or drive if I’m feeling lazier). They have a ton of classes, including my beloved Zumba and some yoga. The schedule works perfectly with my home life, they offer childcare for no additional fees and there are other classes and gym-stuff that I can venture into when I’m ready- and all for $20 a month. TOTALLY SWINGABLE!
This also leaves a bit in my fitness budget each month to still seek out Zumba events and occasional classes at other studios... maybe eventually my own Zumba certification.
So... joined the gym. Kids loved the childcare today and the Zumba class was familiar enough that I felt like a knew what I was doing, but different enough that my workout felt even more effective than usual. For a first day, it was pretty darn good.
I will be taking another Zumba class or two this week as well as a yoga class. I may even schedule my “free initial consultation” with a personal trainer- especially if they can help me figure out some of the crazy machines on the gym floor.
All in all, this is feeling good and I am looking forward to going back. That, in and of itself, has got to be worth something!