I think for millions of Americans, the number one New Year’s resolution is to get fit and/or lose weight. Am I right? I know it ranks right up at the the top of our lists. Thankfully for me, it’s not a resolution I need to make because I have made fitness a priority for most of my adult life. I tend to view life as a marathon and I need to train for that marathon. You need to be fit in body and mind for the hurdles life puts in your way. I believe exercise is the holy grail for aging gracefully by keeping your mind and body fit, strong and alert. An exercise regime got me through childbirth, helped me through depression, has kept the middle-age weight gain at bay, and helps me deal with the stresses of life. Being able to walk, run, lift, swing, climb, push…whatever, is a gift that many people are not able to participate in and often the inability to participate is self-inflicted.
When I was younger, being the thinnest I could possibly be was the primary goal. Due to lack of self esteem and an abundance of self-loathing, I would starve, binge, and purge to try to get down to a certain weight. This cycle started in junior high, knowing I was nowhere near as cute and attractive as most of my female classmates. I was smart and creative, but those qualities didn’t matter because I believed I wasn’t attractive enough. I continued this cycle until I became pregnant with my first child at 27 and my priorities changed. Even though I had a background in dance and figure skating as a youth, I set out to learn everything I could about nutrition and exercise science. I started exercising from home when there became an abundance of home workouts on the market.
Fast forward 25-30 years, I still continue to workout at home. Since we moved to Texas, I’ve been able to have my own room for a home gym.
I have exercise ADHD, so I have a wide variety of workouts. It is what has kept me on course for so long. I have Heavy weight lifting, endurance lifting, kettlebell, barre workouts, ballet/dance workouts, yoga, pilates…you name it, I’ve got it. One of my favorite activities is to do my cardio on my mini-trampoline, especially since I’ve read up on all of the benefits to rebounding:
I use my rebounder every day either as a warm-up or cool-down to other workouts or as my main form of cardio for that particular day. I swear, it never fails to put me in my happy place!
I also do more conventional forms of workouts. I bet you have never heard of Cathe Friedrich, have you? Well, she has been the high-priestess of advanced home workouts for many years. She is a little over fifty now, so she is offering more low-impact workouts for her followers over 40. Low impact does not mean low-intensity when it comes to a Cathe workout. I did this one from her new series that I got for Christmas:
I had a blast doing this one today! The time just flew by. This is from her newest series. She has many others:
Did I pique your curiosity? Mosey on down to Cathe.com to see all that she has to offer. I’ve done a couple of rounds of P90X, but Cathe is my go-to-girl for advanced workouts. She can make Tony Horton look like a wuss. Because of Cathe, I can still do boy pushups, military sit-ups, kick-boxing and I’m almost 50! I also have more mellow workouts that I do when I’m not feeling 100%, but I do something every day. Who needs a yucky, germy gym when you can workout at home with world class instructors? Besides, you only get one body and life is hard enough without having to deal with health issues because of poor diet and lack of activity.
So, I obviously don’t need to put fitness down on my New Year’s resolution list, but there are some things I want/need to work on. I want to become smarter, more patient, better informed, kinder, more caring , and more pro-active than I am. Funny, I know that these same things will probably be on my list 20 years from now, because you can never be “too kind”, “too patient”, or “too caring” in my book.
I hope y’all had a good New Year’s! Mine was very chill…went out to eat (a veggie burger) and picked up a couple of goodies at Half Price Books (my other happy place):
And it was actually cold enough to wear a sweater today!
Joe’s Jeans purchased at Style Encore Northwest Austin; Lou and Grey Sweater & Tee (old) Loft; Jewelry Kendra Scott and Madewell; Frye boots purchased at Clothes Mentor Cedar Park; Dooney and Bourke handbag.
Happy New Year y’all!!!!