If there's one thing I've observed about my body this year, it's that it's changed. Maintaining my weight and muscle mass used to be relatively easy. I knew exactly what I needed to do (at minimum) to maintain the shape I desired and feel confident with my body. It was no big deal if I took a couple weeks off from my regular exercise routine or over indulged on a vacation. Also, proper nutrition and portion control was 90% of what it took for me to feel great....
Well, not anymore! Perhaps it's something about being in that "30 + box" :)...
The main change I've noticed about my body is a visible increase in body fat. I don't mean this in a "bad" or self hating way but in an honest, tell it like it is way. It has simply become more difficult for me to acquire and maintain muscle mass. It's frustrating at times, but an important realization to have (as I know it won't get easier later in life!). If I want to stay lean, strong, and feel confident and healthy, I need to make exercise a much bigger priority moving forward.
Yesterday I was talking with my cousin Robin and she told me about her plans to do a 30 day exercise challenge. Her only goal for her health is to get moving every day. That is it! Whether it's a 20 minute power walk around her neighborhood, riding her stationery bike, going to Pilates class, or going for a run - she wants to just get moving, every day, for 30 days.
It was so serendipitous speaking to Robin when I did, because it was JUST the idea and inspiration that I needed. I had been thinking so much lately about exercise and making that THE core of my health. I want to focus on one thing that I can honor in order to bring me greater happiness and health on multiple levels. I love that Robin and I will be doing this together too so I will have accountability and a fun partner in crime.
Robin and I are going to start our 30 days of exercise commitment on September 1st. The timing is perfect as September is conveniently 30 days. I would like to invite you to join us if it's something you're excited about. Again, the goal is not perfection or some rigorous exercise calendar - it's just to GET MOVING (and get outside while it's still Summer!). It's not a crisis if you miss a day either (although Robin and I really want to try to meet out goal of every day to develop the habit of consistent exercise).
A few things I'm considering to support my effort:
*I am going to try out a class at The Bar Method, a local studio in Seattle. They have a new member one month unlimited special that I may take advantage of. I've done a lot of reading about these classes and really loved the history of the practice and the strength/toning and postural benefits the classes provide.
*I signed up for a new gym last month, which will definitely provide me with a guaranteed, flexible exercise option with more hours (no excuses if it rains or if I have a busy week) along with a variety of fitness options.
*I want to try to go on more walks in the morning and evenings, and use them as a social opportunity with friends (aside from the bar). It's so nice to get outside, breath the fresh air, and end your evening by moving instead of staring in front of a TV screen!
Wish me luck! If you're reading this article part way through the month, please still join! Whether it's a 30, 20 or 10 day challenge, healthy habits have to start somewhere. All efforts (large or small) can make a difference to your health and happiness!