Thanks for the comments on the Body Combat post. I was about to put a comment there but thought I would start a new entry, since they are free. lol
Nimah, I loved your thoughts! And I must tell you, that honestly I am not into the martial arts kind of classes. Others are so much better at it than I and actaully I kinda cringe when they say to keep my hands up and 'protect my face' AS IF I would really be in a fight! But the Y makes it fun. And there are few people there who act cool and like the rest of us are dorks. It is all in good fun, or else I would not even be there.
I think Jazzercize is a great start and lots of people do that as their main exercise for life. I did Jazzercise for a long time and just moved to the Y last summer, mostly because of schedule and that we had a full family membership already at the Y, so didn't want to pay for both.
I was nervous when I began classes at the Y. Because they are bigger and there are some of the 'big girls' like I call them... super fit and doing Level 3. But there are also lots of Level 1 (or Level 0) lots of elderly people and kids. The atmosphere there is very encouraging, but those who want to push themselves can.
I began with the low impact classes, where there are lots of Level 1 and 0--- and then stood in the back of the class as I tried new ones. But, I decided to try them all- and realized no one really cared if I didn't do it right, or even if I had to leave because I could not keep up. (which I did a couple of times). Everyone else is really thinking about their workout, not mine. And most all the instructors care and would never belittle, but instead really encourage.
So... all this to say... go for it! I would just stay wayy in the back, and then as I felt more comfy move up.. and then often would stay right up front so I could SEE what the heck the instructor was doing!
Is there a Jazzercise near you? I just loved Jazzercise and still really miss the people and keep in touch with my Jazzercise friends.
Yes I was not good at Kickboxing, I think because they were so worried about form. They would nicely try and help me correct my form, but honestly I didn't really care about the form, just wanted the workout. But, I ended up just blocking how silly I thought I must have looked and went for it. There is always someone better than me and worse than me in each class.. so who cares? lol
And, with weights.. I have been doing this for a long time... and started out with 5 pound weights and lighter.. this has been years to get up to where I am. And yesterday had to go back to 12# again. It is all individual... and I never thought I would be using a 15# dumbell. But it was fun to pick that puppy up and heft ! Whooo Hoooo! (I know, I need to get a life... lol)
But, I do like what Flylady says about housekeeping-- for those who don't know her, she is very encouraging and shares how to tackle a hopelessly messy house in baby steps. She says you are not behind.. start where you are.
I think this is true in fitness... I try to remember when I mess up, or when I had a big weight loss goal. I am NOT behind. Just start in small steps and keep moving forward.
Thought for the Day
"Good friends are good for your health."
"Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy! And happy people just don't shoot their husbands!"
Reese Witherspoon as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde
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