I don’t talk much about working out on this blog. For a lot of different reasons. But mostly because my workouts are boring these days. And I’m usually ok with that.
I tried it all–every kind of exercise and diet–in my 20s. I was always worried about calories and weight. And I tortured my soul (and my thyroid) restricting both. I yo-yoed between two or three pant sizes for ten years. And it wore me out.
When I blew out the candles on my 30th birthday, something happened.
After two really rough years of unsuccessful fertility treatments, I decided it was time to be kinder to myself. To go a little easier on myself. On my heart–and my soul.
I stopped all the crazy, hard work-outs. And even crazier, harder diets.
I fell in love with yoga and barre because neither hurt my body.
And I read the book “It Starts with Food”–that Whole30 thing. This was a life-changer for me.
And that was that.
I’m 35 now. I run a little. I yoga a little. I barre a little. I don’t own a scale. And I eat real food.
My heart and soul–and body–are happy and healthy. And I haven’t changed pant sizes for years.
Sometimes I get bored and lazy with the same old exercise routine. Don’t we all? Sometimes we’re so busy (I hate that word) being a wife and a mom and really hard-worker at our desk-jobs that we lose a little bit of our spark. The spark inside our hearts and soul that gets extinguished by all. of. the. above.
And for me–that’s usually when the universe starts whispering.
Last week she whispered to me through an Instagram post of a woman flying through the air with the greatest of ease–on a silky trapeze.
I just reread that and it made me laugh out loud. But whatever. She did.
I knew I needed to try something new and different to liven up my old exercise routine and bring back a little of that good, old Angie-spark.
I signed up for an aerial fundamentals class last week at Defy Gravity CU. And it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done.
The instructor was kind and patient–and made us all feel welcome and comfortable. We warmed up and did a few strength and stretching exercises and then we got to work on the hoop.
I was so nervous. I think all of us in class were. Flying through the air on a hoop–or a trapeze or silks or anything–is a little out of this mom’s comfort zone. But all the other gals in the class were so encouraging of each other. It was amazing and uplifting. And refreshing.
Defy Gravity is a pole fitness and aerial arts studio (located at 24 E Green Street, suite 11 on the north side of building) in Champaign that welcomes people of all shapes, sizes, genders and ages–no matter what your fitness level. Their classes are designed to help you not only gain strength, confidence and a positive body image–but to also interact with a diverse and supportive community that will cheer you on as you meet your goals and have loads of fun. All of their instructors are certified aerial fitness professionals with the knowledge to make your experience safe and energizing.
Did you read that? Everybody is welcome. Word. Also refreshing.
I got a great work-out and felt so cool flying around the air on a bunch of circus apparatus.
And I only farted (loud) once. Whoops. The instructor assured me it happens all the time. Phew. Bahaha.
And when I left the studio I felt that good, old Angie-spark I haven’t felt in awhile. Boom.
I’m going to keep going back. I like work-outs that don’t hurt and still make me sore the next day. Check and check. My abs are still tender almost a week later. And I like working out with gals and guys who share good hearts and souls–and that good, old spark.
Feeling bored with your work-outs? Defy Gravity CU is having a Black Friday sale today. They’re offering a one month pass for $80. Sign up. Tell them I sent you.
We can all fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Let’s all be daring young (wo)men on the flying trapeze.