Over the few years that i’ve been blogging i’ve always gotten a ton of questions around my exercise routine. Namely, what I do to keep my body in shape and to what end I value exercise. If we’re being totally honest and upfront right at the beginning of this post, i’ve never considered myself “athletic.” I was never the world’s best softball player, soccer star or swimmer, but I have always, always cared about my health.
Growing up in a family where athletics wasn’t a top priority, and Oreos took over our pantry, it was difficult to develop healthy habits. It wasn’t until high school that I really took it upon myself to use my job money to join a gym. I started going to kickboxing classes and running almost daily. I loved it, and continued this through college, always trying to get my tush to the gym at least twice a week, and walking a ton.
Fast forward to adulthood, and as I got busier and my jobs became more demanding, I resented spending time at the gym. I hated the elliptical and the treadmill because rather than these activities clearing my mind, they simply gave me an opportunity to think about all the things I had too or could be doing.
In the last year or so i’ve realized that I need to exercise in ways that are fun for me. I’m fortunate enough to be able to walk to work, and do this every morning and every evening. It is just over 2 miles each direction, and has been the biggest blessing since moving to San Francisco. Along with this 4 mile walk every day, I made it a point to join a gym that had classes that sounded appealing. There happens to be a gym literally one block away from me that offers Pilates classes three times weekly. I thoroughly enjoy these classes and look forward to the relaxation it forces.
While this routine doesn’t provide a ton of cardio, it has helped me maintain a healthy weight. Along with a healthy diet (more on that in a later post), and a generally happy mentality about fitness, i’m pretty pleased with my exercise routine. In all fairness, I have been trying to add in 1 day every week of pure cardio, but honestly, I really hate it. If anyone has any recommendations, please send them my way!
I hope you enjoyed this post! I’d love to know what your exercise routine is, and your thoughts about health and wellness.