Category Archives: Fitness

Becoming One with the Jiggle – My Zumba Experience

In my 24 years of life I have never been one of those individuals who could be classified as “petite” or “dainty”. I’ve never had a thigh gap and lord only knows I was “well endowed” with a naturally thick lower body. I’ve always had the more athletic build and posture about my demeanor. It wasn’t until recently, within the past two years, that I’ve noticed that I actually like my strong, athletic, thicker in some places, body.

Sure, I could do without the stretchmarks on my thighs and I’d love to have a six pack despite my never-ending desire to stuff my face with carbs and cheese. But, at the end of the day, it’s all about perspective and all about how you choose to perceive yourself.

My perception of how much I truly liked my body was a bit caught off guard when I tried the latest fitness dance craze: Zumba.  Continue reading

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You don’t have to be flexible to do yoga

I’ve always wanted to try yoga which is surprising considering I was 15 before I was able to successfully bend to touch my toes. Nonetheless, it was something that really intrigued me and it became something I wanted to try.

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Me and my snazzy yoga mat

Fortunately, I was able to take it as a class at Central. I got a snazzy new yoga mat so I would fit in with all the hardcore yoga-goers, made sure to wear my best pair of black yoga pants, and off I went! I was shocked to find that I LOVE it and that you don’t have to be that flexible to do yoga. Continue reading

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And 3.1 Miles Later…

“Running teaches me that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined.” – Anonymous

When I was younger, we’re talking over 1o years ago, I participated in cross country for the first time. I had previously played softball, and I was pretty darn good at it too. But the time came for some serious change and reflection on the ideals of developing a better path for personal growth…thus I became a runner.

I was never the fa13023280_1123689594348967_104810414_nstest, there would be times I would need to stop to catch my breath, and I was never once a top finisher. But, I kept chugging along at my own pace and eventually finished every race.

When I was introduced to track & field I became attracted to sprinting and short distance events. Again, I was never the fastest, and I almost never finished in the top positions, but I would always finish my race. It’s a lot simpler to run short distances at faster speeds because your event literally only takes seconds to complete then you get to go indulge yourself in nachos and soft pretzels. However, it’s later in life when you grow up (just a bit) and realize that it’s not about being first, it’s about finishing the race and competing with yourself.

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