Since I graduated from High School and essentially a life filled with team sports, you’d think that the same commitment I made to training in my formative years would have stuck with me through college and into my adult life. Well, it’s proven to be more of a struggle than anticipated. With the freedom and flexibility of college, I could always find a way to fit in a quick workout at the SERF, participate in intramural tennis or ultimate frisbee, or consider the miles walked between classes at UW-Madison as enough to offset my newly developed diet of fast food, fried food, and beer. And for a while, it worked.
Taking the next step into my career as a hard-working adult, I’m lucky to fit in and have the energy to exercise 3 times a week. But that’s just the thing, it’s all about making the time and prioritizing what’s most important. I’ve lost sight of that over the past few years. Age, the inevitable slowing of my metabolism, and a few years and late nights spent entertaining retailers and distributors working in the beer industry has won out over health and fitness. Until now. One thing I’ve always commended myself on is the ability to balance. After all, my astrological sign is the scales. But it can be hard to maintain that lifestyle balance when it seems the most important things are impressing my boss, making the sale, and paying my bills. It’s time to get back to the “work hard, play hard” mentality that my fellow UW-Alums and I know and love, but with some slight updates to the situations they refer to…
- Work hard = in the office and at the gym
- Play hard = putting more time and emphasis into my relationships
It’s time to make the commitment to live a more active and healthy lifestyle, one workout at a time. One thing that I have found makes committing to exercise easier is accessibility. Thankfully, my apartment building has a small fitness facility (very small – picture two treadmills, two elliptical machines, free weights, and a small weight bench). But, it’s better than nothing and there’s ways that I supplement those options in the comfort of my own home, see the list below.
- Bosu Balance Ball – not the most inexpensive option (Santa brought me mine for Christmas)
- Resistance bands – mine came with exercise recommendations
- Hand weights – I have 2lb, 5lb, and 10lbs to be able to vary my exercises and impact
- Workout videos – Zumba, T25, Insanity, Jillian Michels are just a few that make up my collection
Variety is the spice of life, and the same is true for exercise. If it feels like work, it’s not fun, which is why Zumba is always one of my top choices for exercise. If I find myself getting bored, I switch it up. I think back to my childhood/teen years when I would run miles at a time while playing soccer 6-7 days a week whereas these days I’m at a point in my fitness career where running more than 1 mile without stopping to walk is a great feat of strength. Talk about some motivation right there.
The point is, living a fit and healthy lifestyle requires a commitment.
A commitment that I am re-making to myself at the age of 25.
A commitment to strengthen my body.
A commitment to take care of myself.
A commitment to be energetic.
A commitment to be active.
A commitment to be fit.
Do you commit to be fit?