You may recall a previous blog I wrote about my journey into the world of running (there were several references to a disoriented giraffe if that helps jog your memory). Last weekend I participated in Run Greater Indianapolis Half Marathon in Danville, Indiana. The route was beautiful, the weather amazing. Picture beautiful fall foliage, crisp air, and sunny skies. I started the race trying to remember everything I had learned in the 10 months I have been running.
Did you know that water aerobics is a total-body workout? It can include good cardio and works your arms, legs, booty, and core! With accessories and equipment, or variation in movement and water depth, you can work on different muscle groups too. Plus, it's low-impact so it's great for everyone. Check out my Top Ten reasons I love working out in the water. Also, find out how you can try an inexpensive, super fun class right here in Danville and become my fellow "mermaid wannabe!"
Recently, my youngest son, Cameron, discovered the joys of running. He’s joined a group called Avon Junior Runners that stresses fun and fitness. The running group has given him a much-needed outlet to kick the “end of school blahs” while improving his fitness and stamina. I was personally excited about this group because it provides me with the opportunity to run alongside him a few times each week. In my daydreams about our running outings, I forgot that when you’re an 11 year-old boy constantly striving to be cool, it’s mortifying to have 50 other kids see you running with your mom. Therefore, I’m not actually “allowed” to run next to Cameron while he’s in the group (his rule, not the coach’s).
I mean, really. Getting fit isn't usually pretty, easy or convenient. And, honestly, it kind of smells bad sometimes. But we just have to get over it! As Great Shapers, we now know (well, we've always known) that we MUST move if we are going to lose some weight and get healthier. And we are not allowed (anymore) to make excuses for why we can't. You know, like, “I'm embarrassed to do something new because I don't know what I'm doing and I'll look silly.” Or, “Just taking the stairs won’t really make a difference.”
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with exercise. Being self-conscious, I didn’t want to be seen in work-out gear or working out. And when the boys were growing up, life was busy! Ron and I were so involved in their lives and always working – we didn’t do a thing for ourselves. The only exercise I got was running to and from the car, which always left me breathless! Nowadays, life isn’t any less hectic ... But now I have put me on my priority list.