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stuck on repeat

UncategorizedAnna Keller5 Comments

Before college, I never had a consistent exercise routine.  I had never been a member of a gym and my parents had declared the great outdoors to be a perfectly acceptable alternative to a treadmill.  I would have totally agreed with them if we hadn't lived on one of the only paved roads in Vermont without a sidewalk, which meant that there was plenty of fast moving traffic (think milk trucks) and no shoulder.  I spent more time jumping in and out of ditches to avoid death than actually running during the few times that I braved the cold (and it was always cold).  I played soccer freshman year of high school and dabbled in track sophomore and junior years, but I didn't have anything that I loved to do and I rarely, if ever, got a good sweat session.

Then I came to school and discovered the wonder that was the gym.  The small room on the first floor of my dorm had 2 treadmills, an elliptical, and bike, and an arc trainer, half of which were broken at any one time.  I quickly became a slave to the arc trainer (since it burned the most calories per session), and I quickly grew to hate it.  Once spring came, I started to run outside and for the first time in my life, I considered myself a runner.  Even when I ran track, I had never run more than 2 miles at a time (we would have mud fights in the woods on our long run days), but now I was pushing myself to complete 5 miles of hilly Pittsburgh sidewalk.  I also started taking yoga as a free PE class (do it if your school offers it!), and with these two new activities, I genuinely started to love exercise and felt like something was missing if I didn't get a good sweat going a few times a week.

While I may have gone a little overboard with some exercise in the past, I really feel like I've found a good balance with my life now.  I have a mix of stuff that I do, and it all depends on how much time I have in a given day, what the weather is like, where I am, and how good my hair looks that day (if I'm having a good hair day, there's no way I'm going to ruin it with an elastic - those are yoga days).

So now I consider myself to be a regular practicer of...

[kickboxing]

don't mess with me in a dark alley - I have a mean right hook

[yoga]

I never thought I'd do a back bend or head stand, but these days they're easy-peasy

[running]

I've done ~6 miles in one go, and once the weather warms up I'm aiming for more

[skiing]

when I'm home and there's plenty of snow, you know I'm out there enjoying the powder

[ellipticalling]

sometimes I just want to zone out with Vogue...so I do

[soccer]

I play on the club team and it feels so good to kick the ball around and get dirty with some like-minded girls

[dancing]

I may do it with a drink in my hand, wearing a body-con skirt and wedges, but it's one of the best leg workouts out there

[pilates]

just another way to get that rock hard core

Do you have a routine?  Are you stuck in it?  Or happy as a clam?