Exercise. Ugh. It’s always been the bane of my existence. I’ve been fighting the reality for years, trying to kick-start my weight loss efforts by denying myself food, or taking prescription drugs.
Not anymore, baby!
My goal for the 50 Million Pound Challenge has less to do with weight loss, and more to do with fitness. And Fitness = exercise, at least an hour a day, according to Dr. Ian Smith. Just last week, I faced up to my I-can’t-exercise excuses. Now the challenge is to find something I like doing!
I use the tools at my disposal — my parents gave me an incredible elliptical trainer some years ago, and I have a love/hate relationship with my Wii Fit. I love it because it measures my weight and BMI every time I use it, so that really helps to keep me on track. But I hate when it throws those numbers in my face and reveals that I haven’t met my own goals.
I’m satisfied with the workout equipment I have, but every now and then I do get bored with my routine. For bellas who are members of a gym, it can be easy to switch up your workout — try interval training, or check out the list of classes they might offer, there’s bound to be something fun and different. But what about bellas looking for a workout at home?
Here are the latest forms of exercise I’ve been looking into, to expand my own horizons and add some fun to my routines. Maybe you’ll find a suggestion to get your indoor or outdoor sweat on as well!
1. Zumba. After so many of you raved about how much fun it is in the comments of my last post, how could I not give this a try? Founded in my current hometown of Miami, it’s all about moving and grooving to Latin rhythms. I can definitely get down with that! According to Dr. Ian, dancing can work out 420 calories an hour! Zumba DVDs are available on Amazon, you can score sweet deals on Ebay.
2. Hula hooping! There’s Hoopnotica and there’s Hoop Girl. Ever since I befriended a hallucinating hippie girl at last year’s Langerado festival, I’ve been obsessed with hula hooping. I get my fix with the Wii Fit (you’re reading the words of a proud Super Hula Hooper, here), but now I want to master the hoops for real. The Hoopnotica basics DVD costs $19.95, but the hoops cost like $40! The Hoopgirl DVD costs $24.99, and hoops start at $29.95.
3. Roller skating, baby! Confession time — I never learned to roller skate, so I’ve always had skate envy. As for inline skates, forget it — I’ve tried and failed miserably (and painfully) more than once. Maybe it’s time I give it yet another try — according to Skatelog you can drop pounds through skating, so if you see a chick wobbling and weaving her way through the parks in Chicago during the summer, please don’t stare and point. I’m just trying to get into the groove.
The beautiful thing about skating is, you can do it outdoors in good weather and use it as a form of speedy transportation, or you can find an indoor rink and make it a weekend recreational thang.
4. Cycling. I can’t tell you how much I miss my footloose and fancy-free university days. Back then, a red bike was my trusty steed. But somewhere in the rush to join the Miami workforce, I learned to drive, and forgot all about the joys of bike riding. When the weather’s right, there’s no feeling more freeing than going for a ride. When’s the last time you went for a bike ride outside? And I can’t tell you how many awesome things I hear about spinning. I’ve never done it myself, but I know quite a few friends who swear spinning changed their lives.
I’m looking to add one of these fun ways to exercise to my routine. What’s your favorite way to work out? Got any suggestions for a bella just getting into the game?