Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Last night, I had spin class with a couple of friends, my second time spinning. Once again, LOVE IT. Seriously, I'm addicted. There is nothing quite like pushing yourself to go harder, to feel your legs pump and burn (good burn, not painful, "I'm going to die or end up in the hospital" burn), to feel the sweat dripping down your back and shoulders.
(Not to mention I found out that spin class is a great crossfit activity for runners! WOOHOOOOOOO!!!)
What's even more awesome is that while I can "feel" my leg muscles and butt muscles, I'm not really sore at all. I don't hobble while I walk, I'm not constantly rubbing down calf muscles, and I don't feel like I'm going to pull something if I don't hold myself carefully.
I bring this up because before, if I would have tried spinning, I would be a puddle of sweat, sore and unable to move (or move well) for days.
It's absolutely amazing how adaptable the body is. I went from a size 18/20+ to a size 10 and while I have my share of stretch marks and jiggly arms, I'm blessed to not have huge pockets of skin hanging around. I also went from exercising only when my work required me (and ending up a sore sweaty mess) to working out several times a week - running 3X a week, spin class (hopefully 2X a week), and a good old fashioned walk at lunch or after dinner.
I honestly love exercise. Oh, sure, when I'm running and my legs are like, "OK, done!", I do think about stopping every other stride. Or in spin class when the instructor yells for us to turn it up AGAIN. But on the whole, exercise makes me feel great. I love pushing my body. I love sweating off the cares of the day. And I love refining my body to do better, to go farther.
The other two times I lost weight, exercise wasn't important. Sure, I might occasionally walk, but that was pretty much the extent. I did join a gym at one point and quite regularly too, but I think my heart wasn't in it. I went because I knew that I needed to exercise regularly to lose weight. I didn't go because I like to move my body and see what new things it is capable of.
When I switch from losing to maintaining, exercise is going to be a critical component of my routine. I still want to run, I still want to attend spin class. But there are other activities I'm thinking about adding to my workout:
+ Water Aerobics
I want to keep switching things up, trying new things. This isn't to lose weight or to have huge muscles. This is because I like to exercise.
So, my question to my amazing SparkFriends: what exercise do you love to pieces and want everyone to do because it is so much fun? I have a really short list of exercises to try out in maintenance, and it needs to be longer!!