Friday, November 19, 2010

Fitness Friday

I woke up to a fairly cold morning, I just wanted to wrap myself in my blankie, curl up on the couch with endless cups of tea and watch all sorts of Thanksgiving related food programs. But instead I donned my Big Bad Wolf "Who's Afraid?" cap and attended my first boot camp/cardio-strength class.

I've heard lots of positive, if intimidating, things about boot camp but I couldn't resist trying a $3 drop in class. I was intimidated because I knew it was going to be hard. But what would happen if everyone said "I can't do it, it's too hard" and just gave up? If William Blackstone, the inventor of the modern home washing machine, had just quit we'd be pounding our dainties on a rock down by the river to get them clean.

The class was fast moving, lots of high energy bursts of cardio training with segments of muscle exhausting maneuvers like plank, a variation on scorpion push ups, squat jumps, lunge jumps, running sprints, real Bob and Jillian sort of stuff minus the yelling. The instructor was very encouraging although I actually wanted to cry at one point, the "I can't do it, it's too hard" became "it was hard but I DID IT!"

I pushed myself outside of my comfort zone and I will do it again. How else do we improve if we don't challenge ourselves? When we push ourselves to do physical activity so many things improve; general health, muscle strength, mood, cardiovascular fitness, our brains, but what has most improved for me is my self esteem. Why? Because I have a feeling of pride in my ability when I accomplish my workout be it a walk up the mountain, Zumba, my weight training routine, or a new boot camp class. And self esteem is better than any pair of skinny jeans.

So get out there and challenge yourself... "Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible." St. Francis of Assisi

Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't.~ Elle Woods, Legally Blond

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