Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Better Life With Sports and Fitness

My first victory in life was to embrace sports and fitness. By the time I was eight years old I had already tried and quit tennis, ballet/tap and cheerleading. I only wanted to play football! I settled for basketball and at thirteen years old I started to play organized basketball and continued through high school.

Any sport encourages the competitive spirit that everyone needs to make their dreams come true in life. Basketball became my metaphor for life and I became a part of a team and worked unselfishly for the prosperity of "us" as a group.  I was never great at basketball but it was an outlet and it was fun. 

Playing a sport adds a different dynamic to you as a person. It's a social boost and guys love it when you understand "sports talk". Any sports outing is always a fun one on one date or group date. 

I believe that women can become healthier, more competitive, more attractive and outgoing at any age. The best way to get fit is to find an activity that you love to do and do it well. I yearn to play recreationally now, at the age of 26 but I settle for the normal gym workout. This week I tried three alternative workouts.

Tuesday, August 7th
Yoga was wonderful! It cost $12 for a one time fee and lasted an hour and fifteen minutes. I went to Triad Yoga (Greensboro, North Carolina). It offered great poses for an intense core workout but there was also a serenity and balance once breathing was done correctly. The best part of the class happens at the end when you are allowed to relax, breathe and meditate. 

Wednesday, August 8th
Hip Hop Dance Class
This class was really fun. It was free to try for the first time and an hour long. I went to BreakNOut Dance Studio (Greensboro, North Carolina).  Sunny, the instructor, made the class fun, kept the moves upbeat and challenging enough so that everyone worked up a sweat and burned enough calories. All the routines were broken down until the entire class had the moves down, which was nice for a beginner like me.

Thursday, August 9th
I know I am a lot late with this...Zumba is fantastic!!!!
This was my favorite class of the week. Rhonda taught the class with a perfect blend of hip hop, latin, soca and belly dancing. I moved parts of my body I did not know I had and I felt sexy doing it. I know that I was sweaty and tired at the end of this hour long class, also at BreakNOut Dance Studio. It was only $5!

I would participate in each one of these workouts again. It is a great break from the monotony of the gym and treadmill.

1 comment:

  1. I love Zumba! It is a lot of fun and, even though I'm not the most coordinated, I still let myself move freely. I'm glad you've found a few workouts that you enjoy. Keep up the great work!