Tuesday, January 13, 2009

some thoughts on fitness

I was never really that into "working out".  Some of my friends in college were runners (and still are), some visited the gym, and I was always sort of "meh" about the whole thing.  I think most of it stemmed from being self-conscious about my lack of coordination, not being as fast as them, worried about wearing out quickly... basically I had a long list of excuses.  Blah, blah, blah.

After college I moved to Washington, DC to intern in a house with inner-city kids, and my roommate was a cute little Norwegian (not little in the sense that she was a kid, but active, stylish and dainty).  She worked out every single day at 5am.  Talk about subconscious guilt.  So I decided to join her.  It took about 2 days to realize that I am not friends with the early morning, but I did get into a routine of going most days of the week in the afternoon.

I have had ups and downs as far as my dedication goes, but all in all, I get a deep satisfaction from a good workout.  These days, I get in at least three per week, but the goal is four or five.  They usually consist of a 3 mile run on the treadmill or some time on the elliptical.  But the latest workout that I love and definitely feel the burn from:  Jillian Michael's 30 Day Shred.  I love it!  It's three workouts, each 25 minutes, and it's a combo of strength, cardio and abs.  My husband even does it with me, which is a bonus.  Plus, who doesn't have 25 minutes of spare time?  So there really is no excuse for me to miss out.

Another discovery yesterday: On Demand.  We haven't had cable for 2 years.  It was kind of a spur of the moment decision to get it again, and the guy came yesterday to hook it up.  Now we have On Demand and it comes with an exercise channel with at least 50 workouts.  If you have OD, you should check it out, because The 30-Day is on there for a few more weeks.  It will kick your tush!

It's a new year... never a better time to get motivated.  It is really hard to do on your own.  I certainly wouldn't have started without the help of my favorite European.  Don't get discouraged if you've hit a slump - find a friend, some online buddies, a partner, spouse, sibling, parent - whatever it takes to get you moving.  Something my husband tells me whenever I hem and haw about it: you'll never regret doing it, but you'll definitely regret not doing it.

So what gets you going? What's your routine?  Who keeps you motivated? Do you have an end goal?  I love hearing what keeps people moving!


Brandy said...

TURBO JAM videos. SO fun. Try them!!

thamesarino said...

very inspiring post today..
hmmm I NEED to get motivated.. I have just gotten to the point with my little one where I feel like I can put a little more time in for myself...which is a good thing for everyone!
I generally do a lot of yoga, but have really lapsed over the last year...
I wish we had atreadmill, but I DO have some workout tapes..time to go dig them out!!
thanks! : )

Megan said...

I haven't worked out in like 4 months or something. How sad that I can't even remember the last time? Bad!! I so need to get back to the gym. I've done the OD work outs a couple times (not recently). I should try them out again.

Thanks for visiting me. Glad you found my blog. =)

Robyn said...

I'm impressed, very impressed.

B said...

I've been trying to find something I can do with the kids around since I'd rather not hit the gym before they wake up, so I might have to try this out! Thanks for the tip.

ChristineM said...

As much as I hated the cable company we had, I just heard about that "On Demand" from my co-worker...GRRRR! I maybe would have tolerated the crappy customer service and billing errors and constant price hikes for the FREE fitness videos, anytime you want them! Of course...there's always the library - they have them too!

For me, it's getting into it that makes all the difference - if I can walk during my lunchbreaks a couple days, it inspires me to do something at home, then that inspires me to get to the gym, etc.

Janna said...

Seems like everyone is doing this video now, including me! I haven't noticed a big difference yet, but then again, I haven't been dieting either!

Came over from SITS... you have a cute blog. Will have to come back soon!