I grew up as an athlete and never fully appreciated the daily practices and training that kept me fit. So when my childhood dream of becoming a professional athlete didn’t pan out, I was left with figuring out a way to make time for exercise. It wasn’t until I gained weight, had trouble sleeping, and was left feeling sluggish that I knew I needed a change.
My dad (who has run a couple of marathons in his time), always suggested that I develop a fitness routine at an early age. And with the heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses that run in my family, it became harder to be a stubborn child and ignore his advice. Still, I could not see myself being happy with spending hours at a time at the gym. Treadmills, in my opinion, are boring ways to exercise, and I’m certainly not looking to be a body builder.
It has taken me a while, but I have learned that my favorite ways to get my heart rate up are through cardio-rich activities such as dancing, swimming, and playing in recreational sports leagues. I do have a gym membership, which I utilize to get in some strength and flexibility training through yoga and weights. Am I still sometimes lazy and make excuses to avoid exercising? Of course. But when I adopted a more realistic regimen that incorporated fun and challenging ways to exercise, I found it easier to stick to. In conjunction with a healthy diet (see my Healthy Eating page!), my exercise routine leaves me feeling energized while still allowing time for my busy lifestyle.
I’ll be sharing my exercise journey, including fitness tips, on this page – stay tuned!