Monday, May 10, 2010

Seeking: Fitness Options That Fit

I'm kicking off our week of blogging about health and fitness, as part of TWM's World of Wellness month!

I consider myself a fairly healthy person. I eat my veggies. I get my check-ups. But, I must admit, it would be a bit of a stretch to say that I focus strongly on fitness in my daily life. I've thought about this quite a bit lately. As a work-from-home author, there are days when I barely leave the confines of my little apartment, let alone get any significant exercise.

I do enjoy walking regularly, and when the weather's good I'm willing to walk home from just about anywhere in the city. But I don't tend to just go outside for a walk, unless I have a place to go and purpose for going there. So it doesn't happen every day.

A year or two ago, I tried working with a personal trainer, which worked out for a while. It gave me a consistent time to exercise, and he showed me how to use weight training machines, which I partially enjoyed. I stopped when my first batch of sessions ran out, because weight training isn't really what works best for me, personally. I need aerobic exercise more than I need to build muscle. My natural strength and muscle tone emerges when I keep my heart pumping regularly.

The thing is, I know what I really want to do for exercise. I want to swim or resume the ballroom dancing lessons I took years ago. The challenge has been finding an option for either one that is both convenient and affordable. That's probably not a great excuse. Maybe it's time I started seeking new options again!

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