Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Exercising CAN be Fun!

For a while there I have been wanting to start exercising, again. Last year, I was doing really good. I was a member at our local gym and was going at least once a week. I was running on the treadmill and doing strength training (I think that is what it is called). Also, I was going once a week with a friend to her gym while we got ready for Warrior Dash. (That was the MOST fun I've had in a very long time. I accomplished a great feat I never thought I would. I am so not athletic and for me to complete Warrior Dash, without getting injured might I add, was definitely an accomplishment that will go down on the record for me. Of course, I added a picture of myself.)

I was even going out "running". I put it in quotation marks cause I'm not even sure that is what I did BUT the point is, I got out there and did something. I was proud of myself. I will resume that when it gets warmer. I hate the cold and I'm afraid of it. I won't purposefully put myself in the cold unless I have to. Mentally, I'm not there yet.

Well, for one reason or another, I decided not to renew my membership at the gym and thus any and all exercising went away. NOW, it is time for me to resume that. I have a nice chest in my living room that contains all my exercising equipment: mat, exercise book, weights, jump rope, tension band and a newly bought 5lb exercise ball. Yay me!

I have a process as to how I approach things. It always starts with a thought or idea in my head. I think about it and the ways how I can execute my idea. I try to plan things out in my head. Sometimes, I succeed. This is one event in where I did succeed. I knew what I needed to do. I got all my supplies gathered: mat and exercise ball with exercise guide and went to town.

The FUN part of exercising was when my 3 year old decided to join me. He got his own ball (a small basketball perfect for his small hands) and a towel as a mat. We started off with stretches, then a little bit of cardio and proceeded into doing squats and core exercises.

We did burn some calories, what I hope is the toning of some muscles and in the midst of it all had the most awesome giggles ever! Watching him exercise with me was certainly motivating. Not only do I get something out of it but so does he. It teaches him that maintaining a healthy body is great and he can also have fun! Also, his little body needs the exercise to help his muscles grow and strengthen. So all in all, it was a great start to a great day!

I took some pictures of him after we exercised showing off some things we did together.


Another stretching
Warrior Dash 2012

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I need to find the stamina to start exercising too, and I don't like to join gyms... that is a little problem lol
    Your story inspired me to get my exercise equipment out, I have some fun fitness DVDs as well, gotta get them out too. :)


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