There was a time when I couldn’t imagine ever using fun and exercise in the same sentence. Between 16 and 20 years old, I actually didn’t exercise at all, which was a change from earlier years when I played basketball in middle school and early high school. Basketball was really the only form of exercise I knew – and I considered it fun – so when I didn’t have it, I didn’t know what my options were. Add to that the “freshman 15” and being away from home and exercising seemed intimidating.
I actually joined Curves®, one of the largest chains of fitness clubs for women in the world, for a short time to help me get back in the groove of working out. It was a non-threatening environment that helped me gain my confidence and figure out where to go from there. I learned how to use equipment and I met a lot of nice women too!
I’m 35 now and I can say I love to exercise. Truly. I may hate it when I’m in the middle of an intense work out, but it’s always always worth it in the end, right!? Making exercise fun again was key for me. I like exercising with other people, whether it be with friends or even people I don’t know in a class setting. It pushes me and it makes me feel like we’re all in it together, suffering and surviving ;). I change it up a lot too, going to a local studio for strength training and also attending spin classes.
I was invited to a group workout at a local Curves® last week and I have to say – it was both a good workout and a lot of fun! The other ladies were awesome and the instructors kept us from chatting too much (a task in itself), and worked us pretty hard. It’s actually really cool that there’s a gym out there dedicated to women-only, where the goal is to make exercise approachable and fun. It is the perfect environment for anyone looking to start an exercise regimen or get back into one.
Thank you Curves® for sponsoring this post, kicking my butt and reminding me how fun exercise can be.