Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Guest Blogger-Getting your Bum into gear

Today I have a guest blogger as a part of our 20-something blogger swap day..Show her some love and be sure to check out the post I wrote for her blog here

Hi Everyone! I'm Habbala and as part of the 20something blogger's annual blog sway Shan and I are trading blogs for the day. I blog over here and this is my first blog swap! So hello, get comfy. Really excited to be guest posting for Shan, and while I am neither Jamaican nor a Mom; Shan agreed to be my partner anyhow. So hello!

Today I am doing a tutorial on getting your bum into gear. Which is generally applicable to everyone, you know? I was really lucky- there's nothing like a broken heart to get your butt into gear, but I am sure everyone can think of reasons why they need to get moving. So here are a couple of things that worked for me:

First Steps.

Honestly. The first step is the outfit. We don't want you looking like this do we?

And, in my experience, it is helpful for motivation to have some new gym clothes. It was totally the first thing I bought post-break up. Doesn't need to be expensive, I got the majority of my workout gear at Target or Old Navy. And as my wonderful personal training guru and friend told me, if you are going to run AT ALL, you need some good shoes. Do not think that Target and Walmart will cut it. In fact, go to a store where someone can look at how you move and recommend the best shoe for you. I personally love Asics, but that's just for MY feet. Mine are pink and lovely.


Oh, and if you're like me, it'll be SUPREMELY more comfortable for you if you buy a legit sports bra. Like whoa. We don't want anyone losing eyes while you're running, now do we?


Planning.
Everyone is different. So find what works for you and stick to it. Are you a morning working out kind of person? Or night? The right answer is really what will make you keep going back.

I plan my workouts each week. I pick classes that I like, and times that will work and I stick them in my calender. It's cool if it takes some time to fine tune the schedule, but its worth it.

I am a proponent of spending money for classes, because there is something about actually having to pay that maintains motivation. Most towns now have fitness boot camps offered through the city rec department, and it's usually affordable.

Actually Moving
Seriously, just find what you like! What will get you going. You've heard it over and over: get a friend, take classes, a little bit goes a long way, don't stop till you get enough etc.

For example, my friend Olivia LOVES Zumba. Have you heard of Zumba? It looks like this:



Is it a work out? Oh yes. But I have a problem. I can't do this, and keep a straight face. I just can't. I giggle like I am at a middle school dance. It's embarassing. Not to mention that my mommy never signed me up for dance classes, so I am a little less then graceful most of the time... I may have stepped on people when I went. I also MAY have hit someone while casually flinging my arms in circles like a windmill. It might have looked like this:



I really like cardio classes. For example, indoor cycling. Love it! It kicks your butt. And before you go, you should know that the cycling shorts are not a fashion statement, they are 100% nessecary. Cycling shorts are there to guarantee you will be able to WALK the next day.


(I apologize for the yellow example, it just made me laugh really hard)


My final advice for you today is not be hard on yourself if you miss a day here or there. Life happens. But the truth is that working out and actually taking care of yourself is ADDDICTING. You see results, you feel better about yourself, and they were not lying about the endorphins. I started going, like I mentioned, when I got out of a really long relationship... and I went because I needed to do something and because somedays the endorphins from the gym were the only thing that made me feel right again.

So on that note. Thanks for stopping by. It was nice chatting. Feel free to come visit me again when you miss me, or you can email me (habbalablogs at gmail dot com).

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

great article!
Indeed u r right working out and taking of u'rself will make u look better and feel better about yourself.

Shanoy Coombs said...

Thanks for stopping by Bri. I have a similar Kelloggs work out set that is pretty cool and I'd also recommend Les Mills to anyone too.

Shanique said...

This exercise thing seems easier said than done. I'm a mommy and can hardly find time in my day to fit in a session....Hopefully I can see a post soon on how to get that done. I hope my little one will start sleeping through the night so i can try to do a 30 minute session at nights, if i'm not too popped down lol

Nordia said...

Good post, I like the bra links you posted and the workout vid looks cool

Jamaipanese said...

ooh god this was too funny.

You have a beautiful baby girl!

Jamaican mommy said...

Thank you Jamaipanese re: my baby :-) but Bri deserves the credit for this post XD

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