Fitness plays a very important role in every lifestyle. Every body craves exercise and it is our responsibility to satisfy that craving.
As much as I would like to call myself a work-out-aholic, I would be lying. I try to exercise daily but some days I’m just not into it! I used to do lots of cardio back when I was trying to lose weight. To me it was a fun and easy way to burn a lot of calories and help build lean muscle. Now that I’m at the weight I feel is right, I’m really enjoying strength training to help tone my body.
Classes I take
I developed a love for pilates, Zumba Fitness, power yoga, aerobic step, and the typical classes available at my gym.
I don’t really have a set goal when it comes to weight training. I don’t ever plan to become a body builder or anything close but I do enjoy the challenge of building muscle. Mostly to prove the point that not all vegans are weak!
One other fitness goal I have is to someday run a race. Due to my hypermoble joints I have difficulty running. Once I build up enough muscle to support those joints, I feel it might be a possibility to run. We’ll see how that goes!
I have found nature walks to be one of the greatest stress relievers for me. I believe that being in nature helps clear my mind and think of the all the bigger things that are more important than test scores and money problems. Sometimes I don’t look at the big picture or how beautiful life really is.
I eat a lot of carbs as it is before I work out. Some people still believe carbs are evil. They work for me and I love my good whole grain carbs! Within an hour after I workout I make sure to get a lot of protein in to make sure all my hard work stays put in my muscles. Some of my favorite post-workout snacks include almonds, nut butters, organic snack bars, tofu, beans and protein smoothies.
My Ultimate Strength
I thank God daily for my health and my strength. It’s sad that a lot of people take these things for granted. Some are not so fortunate to have the abilities most of us do.
I am currently in a weight-loss program at my gym! (I’ve gained a lot this summer) Grand prize =$1,000! Wish me luck!