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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 emoticon emoticon 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? emoticon
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    My hubby bought a boxing bag for our fitness room at home. I can't wait to get some pink boxing gloves and put them to work. emoticon

    You're so inspirational. You make me want to workout (kind of). emoticon
    1906 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    Hi Cannie
    Great to hear from you, as always:)
    What ever works, huh! Choose what you love, and you're sure to stick with it. You are so fortunate to have friends at the gym with you. I'd be there in a flash if I had friends to meet up with.
    Hope the boxing will keep you going to the gym at least until the weather allows you to be outside again.
    1924 days ago
    My newish boyfriend & I have been exploring many wilderness trails around Vancouver. I love the adventure & variety of it all. The last thing for me would be doing the same routine over & over. I have been doing Sun Run training (10k) & interspersing it with the hiking. It's a great way for the fitness minutes to pile up.
    I tried kick boxing once, but I am not a very coordinated person to begin embarrassing. Enjoy your new gym, it sounds like it really fits you!
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    1925 days ago
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    I have so many I'm a fitness polygamist emoticon Hooping, Rebounding, and Tracy Anderson's Original Mat Workout are my current top three.
    1926 days ago
    The only exercise I've truly enjoyed is Zumba. I love the results I've gotten from running, ST classes and bootcamps, though. The only one of my classes where I've thought, "What, it's over already??" is Zumba class. So that's definitely my favorite!
    1933 days ago
    I'm glad you've found a new gym. I too would love to see you in the boxing gloves. (pic please?) I'm Glad you've found something that you truly enjoy, it sure makes a difference when you really enjoy it, doesn't it? emoticon

    I'm back on the walking right now and getting my strength and energy levels built back up some. I'm checkng into yoga as well. Before my RA I really enjoyed Turbo Jam. That w/o kicked my butt but I always loved being sweaty and feeling amazing when it was done. It was a good time and the time flew by like what you were saying. I really didn't want it to end. Maybe one day I can do it again. I sure do miss it.

    Have a great weekend!
    1934 days ago
    My gym also closed. I think it has been 4 months now. And, like you, I can't seem to get into the strength training at home and on my own. I gotta have a drill sergeant fer sure.
    Anywho, there is another gym close by that seems to get really good reviews so when my situation allows, I plan to join. That boxing sounds fantastic and I know it would be something I, too would love. Must be the 1/2 Irish side of me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

    BTW, I admire your spunk!!!
    1935 days ago
    SO fun! What a stress reliever to beat the &*%$ out of something. lol. We have gloves and a standing bag here at home I won't put my hands in these boys' gloves but I'll have to get some and give it try after baby. I'm glad you are liking the new gym emoticon
    1936 days ago
    I wanna see a pic of you slamming up against those pink padded sparring gloves too (and the shudder of weakening residence on the receiving even, Hee Hee!).
    How neat that you have found a challeging sport that fits you like a (boxing) glove.
    Wahoo for that. If I could punch, I would looooooe to do some boxing. Seems like such a great stress reliever.

    1936 days ago
    It's great that you are trying all these different things. I would like to try Zumba and yoga.
    1937 days ago
  • DAISY443
    Gotta get back into some kind of exercise that doesn't mess up my hip!I keep trying various things and I WILL find the right mix!
    You are doing a great job of balancing your types of exercise!
    1937 days ago
    Totally agree with you that group strength training classes are the way to go. I much prefer having a trainer tell me what to do and the group motivates me to give it my best shot. Never tried boxing... sounds fun.

    1937 days ago
    Love the idea of boxing! I am trying to convince my DH that we "need" (well . . . I DO!) a punching bag! Hmmmm....birthday coming up . . . better start dropping subtle hints (aka, subtle as in mack truck type subtle!) It is so stress relieving, adrenaline producing, sweat producing and . . . cathartic!

    Scrappy people! Just ROFL with that one. Me Mum is 100% Irish. And I believe if I looked up scrappy in my Websters Dictinary, her picture would be plastered there right besides the definition. There isn't a boiled food she doesn't love. Can't say I inherited that love! Somehow if I'm going to have ribs, I do NOT want them boiled! Ok, let's not even touch on the beer. LOL

    I love your description of yoga . . . a condiment! That's exactly how I treat it too in my exercise repetoire.

    Glad you found a gym. I find do love my gym time, but am pretty content to do things @ home as well. That's just me, of course. It's all about figuring out what works for you (or not) and going with it.

    My favorite exercise hands down is walking. I don't know why I'm so hooked on it, but it works for me. I am blessed to live in an area where I can walk literally everywhere. When we moved from IL to WI my poor DH was so annoyed with me! We would find a house that was perfectly suited to our needs but couldn't walk anywhere! Nope! We DID end up with a lovely house that suits our needs AND I can walk everywhere, so even DH has to admit it was the right choice. HA !

    HUGS my dear. Another wonderful blog.

    1938 days ago
  • FLAME42
    I got tired just reading your blog. You have definitely got a system set up for your healthy lifestyle. Good planning and implementing your plan.
    1938 days ago
    "We are a scrappy people" had me giggling like crazy!!! It's sooooo true! Also "of the devil". I've never heard anyone outside my close circle phrase it like that! Fabulous! As for my favorite exercises... well, I do enjoy walking (when my shins aren't rebelling) and oddly, step aerobics. Ballet and tap are two other favorites, and I hope to get back into those this summer. I did pilates and enjoyed it until I injured my wrist REALLY badly during a class. I'd still like to do it, I just can't afford a gym at the moment. I tried a spinning class and hated life. I hated it. Every second of it. I have always wanted to try: Zumba, Boxing (but not sparring, I value my teeth), yogalates, pole dancing workouts....
    1938 days ago
    I learned a few new things about you through this blog. First of all, I didn't know you had Irish genes. And secondly that you love boxing and yoga. Kick-boxing is my favorite type of exercise and I recently started to fall in love with yoga as I realized how good it is for our bodies. But, like you, I don't have it in my weekly schedule, just a few poses and stretches here and there. And of course strength training is a must! It's a great thing that you started it again and you're already feeling stronger.
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    1938 days ago
    Aw, I want to see a picture of you with boxing gloves on. I took a karate class lots of years ago and the sparring was really scary for me, but I was surprised how it brought out some aggressiveness in me that I never knew was there. Now I'm all about Pilates, but sometimes I do Coach Nicole's little boxing videos and they are fun!
    1938 days ago
    Yes, I love yoga as well! I've decided I should do it at *least* once a week, and if I can't make it to an actual yoga class I will do a free yoga class from the television- a beginner one. It does wonders! And The beginner class off the television I consider a condiment as well.
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    1938 days ago
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