Due to popular demand I’ll be covering a series on fitness here on the blog. I’ll be honest, it was never my intention to delve into fitness related things. But who am I kidding, the best laid plans can be terrible or can be improved upon, and no plans can be the worst dilemma of all. So here’s the plan: Fitness: A 5-Part Series.
I have a confession: I fitness sometimes. Okay, I fitness every day if possible. A rest day is like the saddest, mopiest thing in the world for me. I love fitnessing. Can anyone else relate?
By “fitnessing” I mean:
- Cycling (spin)
…And essentially any intentional physical activity.
I love to run. I mean, running is far superior to all my other fitnessing loves. Running has become a weird, unforeseen passion that developed little by little from my teen years up until now. After running miles in the middle of the night to fill the hours of insomnia and required running at sports practice, something began to bud. Running has now become a powerful outlet of processing and challenging me in ways I never expected. I’ll share more on that later though.
Running the Annual 5-k of Dekalb County. My first 5-k placing time for the second female to finish.
Although children run, play, and are active naturally, my first intentional fitness-type activity began at 2 years of age with swimming lessons. Such activity was spearheaded after I had a close call sneaking into an unsupervised pool and my fully clothed mother jumped in to rescue her supposedly napping toddler. As my Moms (yes, Moms with an s) likes to say, I was born a fish out of water, proven by my indignation towards her for extracting me out of the pool in such a manner. I like to think I’m a mermaid though. Not weird, I promise.
My first tri-althalon, jumping off the Cape May-Lewes Ferry in Escape the Cape, Cape May, New Jersey.
Other sports that colored my childhood were softball, soccer, volleyball, and basketball. I was tall and everyone told me I should continue playing basketball and/or become a model…because both of those are basically the same. Sure, people, sure.
I was counting down the days, weeks, and months to my twelfth birthday when I could have my own gym membership like both of my parents. The big day came and I became a member at Miracles Fitness, now called Garage Fitness 550, where I currently teach fitness classes. Come take a class!
Did you know that physical activity shapes the microbes in your gut, including the microbes that promote brain health?
I swam competitively for as long as I can remember, earning little ribbons from swim meets at an early age. Don’t be fooled, everyone got a ribbon of some color that young. But when high school rolled around I actually began to break some of our high school swimming records. 5 of them in fact. Swimming fit like a glove. Feeling most at home in water, I naturally began to teach swimming formally at age 15.
Softball was my other main sport, often playing on three to five teams…at one time. I was traveling playing ASA on a few teams year-round from eighth grade to post-high school, for scouting purposes and because I had a great love for the game itself. You could say I was active, and generally not at home often. I played softball up and into college at Eastern University. I was a fast-pitch softball pitcher, first baseman, and utility player.
Did you know that the gut composition is more malleable during early human development? Physiologists now believe that exercising in early life creates a microbial community that helps metabolic activity in later years.
I say all this to share a bit about myself and what my relationship with fitness has looked like over the years. I understand that we each have different environments we were brought up in and separate perceptions about fitness itself, but fitness is more than having an affinity for athleticism.
Physical activity and movement of the body is innate to our beings. Don’t label yourself as non-athletic and do a disservice to yourself in the process. This applies to you, Reader, whatever your level of activity has been prior to this moment or the state of your body now. The benefits of fitness and physical activity are not exclusive, they apply to ANY BREATHING BEING, and hopefully that’s you. So Breather-Reader, here’s the run down.
A 5-Part Series.”
PART 1. KNOWLEDGE IS POWERFUL: THE SKINNY ON FIT.
PART 2. FIND YOUR FIRE : VISION FUELS DECISIONS. The why behind the what of fitness.
PART 3. SO, WHAT DO I DO?
PART 4. HOW TO STICK TO FIT: How to develop a fitness lifestyle.
PART 5. FOOD FIGHT: HOW TO WIN WITH FOOD AND SAY DIE TO DIET.
So stick around. Things are about to get active around here.
What’s your favorite way to get active? Comment below!