This is a pretty terrible quality photo but it was the only one I could find at the moment. Anyway, today I wanted to talk to you guys a bit about my fitness history. I’ve been posting once in a while about going to the gym and trying to incorporate healthy habits consistently into my daily routine. I thought it might be helpful if yall knew where I was coming from.
As kids I remember my parents signing me and my brother up for sports at our local recreation center. I played softball and soccer. Though I don’t recall being particularly good either I do remember having fun. I also took dance classes every year. They were never very strict in format, but, once again, I remembered having a lot of fun. I can’t recall us ever doing any of these activities because it would keep us fit, but rather because they would be fun.
At home I’m pretty sure I never saw a single family member exercise ever. Aside from occasionally seeing someone on TV in their fitness gear, working out was really a foreign idea to me. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that I figured out people actually stayed active for a reason. I know that might sound crazy, but it’s true. The idea of fitness wasn’t something instilled in me, or I don’t feel like it was.
Fast forwarding a bit to high school, which is when that grainy winner of a photo was taken, I played soccer every year, did the dance team for a year, and played badminton for 3 years (its way more physical than you would think). I also danced once a week at a really fun studio. At this point in my life that’s the only physical activity was getting aside from long romps around the mall with friends.
My activity levels definitely dropped in college. I still danced but that was it apart from walking all over the campus. I had free access to my school’s really nice gym but I only went a handful of times. I had never been in a gym before and didn’t know what the heck to do there.
And that brings us here, to post-grad life. I was a member of the gym in the same building as my old job but I hardly ever went once I started dating Austin since we were always spending time together. I’ve heard that when you’re smitten you gain weight and well that is certainly the truth. Austin loves cookies so I baked a ton of cookies and we ate a ton of cookies. Besides the occasional hike we really weren’t active at all.
Last month we joined a gym and I partnered with ClassPass and I’m already noticing a difference in my body. Visually I’m not looking much different, but I’m not huffing and puffing going up the stairs in my apartment building and my jeans are fitting much better. I’m a lot more comfortable. I’ve been starting out really slow at the gym so I don’t burn myself out. I do at least a half hour of cardio and then focus on a section of my body.
Through ClassPass I found a yoga studio that I really love, with beginners classes so I don’t feel out-of-place. Having tried ClassPass for a month now I think it’s definitely a great program for many people. If you are new to a town it’s the perfect way to find a great studio for whatever fitness program you prefer. It’s a perfect way to find out which classes you enjoy if you are new to fitness. And, if you are someone who just requires a lot of diversity in your fitness routine it’s the an incredible value.
If you are interested in ClassPass but want to sample the program before you really commit ClassPass is running a special for the Baltimore area. If you click this link right HERE you can purchase a trial week of ClassPass for just $10. That’s unlimited access to all of the ClassPass studios in Baltimore for only $10. It’s really an amazing deal for the number of studios you gain access to.
I know taking charge of your health and your fitness is difficult because I’m in the thick of it right now. If you want to take control of your life just do it. Do it now. Don’t wait until the first of the year or for the weather to get warmer. Just start today. The sooner you try, the sooner you’ll succeed.