When it comes to working out I am a definite “Yo-Yoer”, while I have been lucky enough that my weight/body type stays practically the same despite whether I work out or sit around eating Ben&Jerry’s watching Gossip Girl, I’m trying to improve in this area. In the past I’ve gone through intense workout phases, in which I push myself to workout everyday, often blowing off other important parts of my life…like homework or work. Eventually I lose steam and stop working out all together.
Since January (I know, cliche right), I’ve been trying to transform my workout habits. I’d been pretty lazy from Halloween onwards so I knew it was time to put away the cookie dough and lace up my running shoes. It is unsustainable to view exercising as either an “all consuming life choice” or something I am hardly able to squeeze into my routine. My goal is, you know, to be a “normal” person who can go the gym 3-4 times a week yet be able to make an exception when a huge school project stands in my way or likewise be able to workout more often when I naturally feel compelled to (aka in the Summer when all I want to do is run and hike and leap and dance).
So, in addition to joining a new gym, I’ve been attending kickboxing class once or twice a week. Besides the fact that I feel like Katniss as I’m kicking and punching the bag, two of my best friends take the class so I always have a little extra motivation to go. Even though I have never done any form of martial arts in my life I feel very comfortable in the class. The instructor is very helpful and everyone is so focused on their own body and their own motions that there really isn’t time to laugh at my baby kicks. The best part is it is an AMAZING workout. After the first class I was so sore I could barely walk for the two days following. It was INTENSE and I loved it. However, I have to say my favorite part about kickboxing is that the whole class is totally customizable. On the days I have tons of energy I am able to use it all on that punching bag, yet on the days I’m feeling sluggish and mopey I can convince myself to go by telling myself I don’t have to punch quite as hard or kick quite as high. Of course, once I’m there I usually want to push myself, you know, to get my money’s worth or whatever.
I’ve become like a six year old boy in the sense that I find myself with the urge to kick the air in front of me at random times throughout the day. I’m also like a six year old boy in the sense that I tend to go with this urge even if random people are watching. No one seems very impressed yet, but I’ll have my jaw dropping Katniss moment eventually, maybe it won’t be in class when I attempt to jump kick, or when I cut open my hand after punching the bag one time (true story), maybe it will be over spring break when I look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel on the beach and I guess I’ll be okay with that. Oh yeah, I’ve decided kickboxing is totally the way to score a VS angel body because I think I read somewhere that one of them does kickboxing or did it once or you know…somehow a VS angel was linked to kickboxing, do what you want with that.
How do you find “balance” in your life? I can’t be the only one who goes through these extreme workout phases! Have you tried kickboxing? Do you love it as much as I do?
Have a wonderful happy weekend!