While it might feel like we’re still in the midst of winter, spring will be here before you know it. If you’ve added some padding over the winter holidays, now is the time to get back on track so you can look and feel your best once you shed that down jacket. That’s right, in just a few more months it will be bikini season again!
If you follow our blog, you may have heard Julie and me discuss our fitness routines. One of the reasons that we started this site was because we wanted to share how we make our food and fitness choices. And we wanted to do it in a way that wasn’t preachy or condescending. That’s because we know that when it comes to healthy living, there is no “one-size-fits-all” plan.
A few months ago Julie and I met up at the American Dietetic Association conference in Boston (we live on opposite ends of the US, so we see each other only occasionally). Here’s a brief glimpse into our conversation on working out.
Julie: “Hey, you want to go do the Filthy Fifty this morning?”
Katherine: “Of course not! That sounds like torture. I don’t even know what the Filthy Fifty is, but I can tell you I want nothing to do with it!” (Note to Reader: I considered the “Filthy Fifty” for a nano second, during which time I had visions of collapsing in exhaustion and being rushed to Boston General.)
Julie: “Yes, it’s insane. It’s part of my CrossFit training. This one should be really brutal.”
Katherine: “Ummm… I think I’ll go to yoga.”
So I took a 90-minute yoga class… a really funny one actually. It was “hip hop” yoga — fairly intense vinyasa yoga set to hip hop music. I must admit I had trouble holding my down dog while hearing Juvenile rap “Back That Thing Up“. (Warning: do not click that link for lyrics if you are under age 18. They are rather “spicy”.) And Julie went to her CrossFit class, which was apparently very good as well…. and did not result in any hospitalizations (so she claims).
Now, don’t get me wrong… I really admire Julie, and anyone, who tests the limits of their physical endurance. I think it’s terrific and a tremendous accomplishment that Julie has run marathons, triathlons and most recently the Trans Rockies race (You can read about her experience here on the blog). But I am more comfortable with a moderate fitness routine: hiking, yoga, pilates, swimming, and the occasional spin class. These keep me active in a way that keeps me happy. And I well surpass the minimum physical activity guidelines set by the CDC. Best of all I’m a healthy weight and feel really good.
No two people are exactly alike, so it makes sense that people differ in their fitness needs and preferences. The important thing is to find fitness activities that you ENJOY and will do regularly. Every little bit counts. So I encourage you to try new things, look for activities that challenge YOU, and keep moving.
Oh, and if you’re wondering about that top bikini pic… that’s me after a recent swim. (Just KIDDING… that’s obviously someone (bodybuilder Nicole Bass) who took fitness to an extreme.) I just wanted to make sure that you were paying attention. Your health is important to me!!