I don’t want to live a fit life. At least not the way it’s usually scripted.
Truth be told, my main fitness goals involve me sitting on the couch all weekend, nose firmly stuck in a book, throwing Junior Mints into my mouth with wild abandon. With no consequences.
That’s my dream. My reality, however, is quite different.
Thanks to genetics, I have sky-high cholesterol – despite being a vegetarian for the past 20 years – and a pretty formidable family history of heart disease. So, yay! I’m in that enviable camp of those at high risk of ticker trouble.
While I had a fairly good metabolism in my 20s and 30s, I find that now – in my 40s – I can’t quite eat the same things I used to. Gone are the days where I’d have a Twix bar and can of Coke for dessert. Every night. Now I can’t even think about chocolate or Cheez-Its without going up a dress size.
As a mom, I’d like to show my daughter the importance of working out and eating healthy. She likes to hike and be outside, but like many other tweens of her generation, she also likes (really likes) devices and screens.
It’s a constant balancing act – trying to live healthy, spending time with my daughter, making dinner, doing laundry, working full-time, cleaning up cat hairballs around the house part-time … So with The Fit Life, I hope to inspire other like-minded folks to bring more balance into their lives. It may be messy at times and unorthodox at others, but I promise that things here will always be fun.
Take exercise. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying: Pick something fun that you like doing and exercise won’t feel like, well, exercise. For the past four years, I’ve been doing just that.
I practiced with a roller derby team – and broke my arm during the very last move we learned.
I took up running – and broke my ankle. (Trail-running tip: Make sure to look at the ground occasionally.)
I took up running again – and developed pain in my left hip that. Would. Not. Go. Away.
Yargh! What’s a girl to do? Well, for one, I’ve started dabbling in yoga again to loosen up my unyielding limbs and keep any injuries at bay. And I love to hike and ride my 8,000-pound bike. (Seriously. Why are so many bikes so heavy?)
And since I really don’t enjoy group exercise settings – I tend to make some goofy faces and work at a snail’s pace – I signed up for a streaming exercise service where I can work out whenever and wherever I want; namely, in my living room while my cats look on in bemused interest.
So, join me as I explore the world of healthy eats, burpees and down dogs, parenting and Sunday afternoons spent icing my knee after a few too many squats and lunges.
How do you squeeze exercise into your busy day? Do you follow a program? Just do what you love? Are you an early-morning sweater or an after-work warrior? Share some of your fitness goals and routines for other fit-minded souls in the comments below!
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