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My Exercise Routine

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Photo from my Flattering Workout Clothes post

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.

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  • Sarah Edmonds

    Hiya, I’m thinking of getting some new workout clothes – I’m also a pear – do you think that the tight capri type pants are more flattering to a pear than say a baggier style of pants? All the guidelines I read differ …

    I started Zumba 8 months ago and still love it – definitely recommend it myself but depends what you like of course.

    • thepearshape

      I, personally have always felt that tight capri pants are most flattering as long as they have a wide waist band. Thin waistbands dig into the waist and create muffin top and flared or wide leg pants feel matronly

  • Amy

    I’ve been going to Jazzercise for the past 3 years (it’s not the Jazzercise of the 80′s, trust me), and I love it! Most classes are typically 35 minutes of dance cardio (high impact or low impact, your choice) and 25 minutes of strength training. The strength training includes routines with mats, weights, tubes, etc. It’s a great full-body work out and it NEVER gets boring. I hate the gym and have never been motivated to run consistently on my own, but this keeps me going and looking forward to exercising. You can go to their website, I am sure there are tons of centers in SF!

    • thepearshape

      That’s interesting! I”ve gotta check out dance classes

  • Ali

    SF has some pretty gnarly hills, obviously, would it be possible to switch your walk to work to a bike ride to work? That would SURELY get your heart pumping!! Otherwise…running is my go-to. I am guessing you’re not a fan, but have you ever ran a 5k or other distance race? It actually makes running fun! My husband and I love running races together, afterwards I always feel closer because it was a challenge that we accomplished together!

    • thepearshape

      I thought about biking but i’m always afraid of getting run over!

  • Gina France

    I love barre and spinning, great combo!

  • Deborah

    I think a four mile walk every day is fantastic! Probably more cardio than you realize.

    I love SF and would move there in a heartbeat if I could. My daughter lived there for a year and I visited tons (she lived on Nob Hill) and the walking plus the moderate weather really appealed to me. It was never too hot or too cold. I loved it.

    Of course, I live here in Minnesota – the land of extremes. -20 below at times in the winter and 105+ above in the Summer! heh!