If you follow me online, you probably know that fitness is a huge part of my life. For the past 10+ years, I’ve really made it a habit and love it! Since I was young, I had to do something “active” like most kids, so my fitness story has been evolving for a while. :)
3-7ish years old: Dance and gymnastics. I liked it at first then didn’t. I wasn’t the best or worst, but it was just okay. I picked gymnastics up again around 10 years old and it was kind of tragic.
5-7ish years old: Soccer. I was not good! I mostly just stood there and when the ball came to me, I kicked it away, lol.
7-14 years old: Swimming. My main sport! I was pretty good when I started, then it became much more of a social thing. I was there for the Pixie Sticks and pasta salad. :) Also, my Grandpa would take me to Hoss’s every week and I would go to TOWN on the salad bar, ha. I really had a great time with swimming most of the time, and it kept me in decent shape. I swam about 3-4x per week for 60+ minutes in the winter, and every day for about 45 minutes in the summer.
12-14 years old: Lacrosse. I played in middle school and it was fun! It was the first time I actually sort of enjoyed running. Update: I don’t like it anymore. Bless all of you marathoners out there. #RunningIsAwful
14-18 years old: Most of my exercise came in the form of show choir practice and musical rehearsals. Surprisingly, it was a good workout! My senior year, I was an Indian in Peter Pan, and we seriously ran a LOT and did some intense dancing. My legs were covered in bruises from all the jumping on the sets, but I had fun and it definitely conditioned me. Once in a while, I would get on the treadmill or do a Tae Bo tape too, lol.
18-20 years old: The crazy exercise years. I started running the summer before college to lose some weight, and I looked good before I left. As I mentioned in my food story, these were some rough years for me. Once college got really awful and stressful, I started working out ALL the time. It mostly started as a way to maintain control of my life and get out of my dorm room, but soon became an obsession. Sadly, I lost friends over this time in my life, and I was not my self at all. It was awful!
20-22 years old: Things got better once I transferred colleges, and I started to approach exercise like a normal person. I did a lot of yoga classes, group fitness classes, cardio on the bike, elliptical, etc. plus lots of walking at college.
22-27-ish years old: This was basically a random assortment of exercises, mostly consisting of yoga, exercise videos, and barre type stuff. While I LOVED these workouts and they were fun (and burned!), I didn’t really see results. My diet probably didn’t allow for that either, but I just don’t think these were the right workouts for me. Not that it has to be results-oriented, but I wanted to see SOME muscle and strength gains for my efforts, and I wasn’t seeing them here. Some people have outstanding results with both types of workouts! Every body is different.
27-30 years old: I discovered weight lifting! I always made fun of/was annoyed by Chad’s love of lifting, mainly because it meant we had to haul his enormous weight sets everywhere we moved, ha. I didn’t understand it! But then, about 3 years ago, I decided to give it a try without any expectations. I started REALLY easy and light and worked my way up from there. Now, I lift heavy about 4-5 days per week, with 1 day of more bodyweight/light strength and a little bit of cardio.
I really don’t do much cardio besides about 20-30 minutes of dog walking per day, and maybe an additional 15-20 minutes (TOTAL PER WEEK) on the Elliptical or bike. It ruins my gains, yo. ;) I mostly do Workouts by Katya and I’ve had awesome results from them. Additionally, I just LOVE it. I love to blast music and zone out and get stronger. Weights also changed my body a LOT for the better.
Okay, that was super long! Let me know if you have any questions - and thank you for reading. :)